Bucks’ Nikola Mirotic reportedly out 2-4 weeks with sprained thumb, fracture

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The Milwaukee Bucks have been hit hard by the injury bug lately. Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play against the Lakers Tuesday due to an ankle sprain. Malcolm Brogdon is out likely until some time in the playoffs with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. Sterling Brown, Pau Gasol, and George Hill also are all listed as out on the Bucks’ Wednesday injury report.

And now this:

This likely means 2-4 weeks on the shelf, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. This likely means Mirotic is out until about the start of the playoffs.

All those injuries — with Brogdon likely stretching into the postseason — makes one wonder how deep a playoff run the Bucks can make? They need to get healthy to have a shot with how little margin for error there is among the big four in the East.

Mirotic was injured against the Lakers Monday, which might have been his most complete game since coming to Milwaukee with 23 points and six rebounds (for of them offensive).

Mirotic has averaged 11.6 points per game while shooting 35.6 percent from three since coming to the Bucks. Milwaukee went out and got him for what the team hopes will be a deep playoff run where Mirotic can provide floor spacing and smart play, as he did last season in New Orleans. This injury will cut into his time to mesh with his new Bucks teammates.