Malcolm Brogdon cleared to play in Game 5

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Bad news for Boston: The Milwaukee Bucks just got better.

The team’s starting two guard, Malcolm Brogdon, has been cleared to play following recovery from a partially torn plantar fascia.

Brogdon will come off the bench, his minutes will be somewhat limited, and he will be rusty, but this is still a big boost for the Bucks. Coach Mike Budenholzer said he is hoping Brogdon can help boost the bench in this closeout game Wednesday.

Brogdon averaged an efficient 15.6 points per game this past season, taking almost all his shots either from three or in the paint. He’s one of their better secondary playmakers when defenses sit on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brogdon can knock down threes and is simply a smart player. Plus, he’s going to upgrade Milwaukee’s already stout defense.

Milwaukee has a 3-1 series lead over a Boston team struggling to score or handle adversity. The Bucks are looking to close the series out Wednesday night at home and getting Brogdon back is a boost.