Bucks without Eric Bledsoe, Pat Connaughton for reboot

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Two important players will be missing from the Milwaukee Bucks roster when the team with the best record in the NBA hit the field this week for the long-awaited restart.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has confirmed Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton will miss Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics as they continue to get back in shape after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Both players took part in Thursday’s practice but entered the bubble late after successfully clearing mandatory NBA quarantines.

“It’s a little bit of conditioning, a little bit of rhythm and everything,” Budenholzer said. “Everyone is getting ready to play in a live game and had 10 to 12 to 14 days of probably 5 to 5 every other day and individual work and all that so I think to give Bled and Pat some 5 to 5. over a minimum of 5 sessions and obtain 3 against 3 in other situations or days. They just need to play, so I think that’s a big hurdle, and with the play will come both the conditioning and their pace, so we’re gonna make sure they get some of it before we put them on. in an NBA game. ”

Bledsoe and Connaughton also missed all three of Milwaukee’s scrum games, in which the team finished 2-1. The Bucks will miss both guards the most defensively. Bledsoe was named to the 2019 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Milwaukee ranks first in terms of defensive efficiency and pace, and could join the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors champion as the only teams to place first in both categories since play-by-play took off. was first recorded in 1996-97, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“Obviously, Eric and Pat are great players who bring a lot to the team defensively, both, and offensively,” said Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. “They’re super aggressive, they can take down shots, but at the end of the day we have to do what we have to do. We’ve got to get out there and compete, and I think the guys are going to step up. “

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