The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to hold off the Toronto Raptors for the top spot in the East, but that job just got tougher because of a key injury.
Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic has a fracture in his left thumb and will miss about 2-4 weeks, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The Athletic first reported the injury.
He’s dominated in the 3-point era without a consistent shot from distance, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is working on finding his range and a degree of invincibility.
The Bucks acquired Mirotic, who is 28, from the Pelicans at the trade deadline for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks.
After averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for New Orleans, he has averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest for Milwaukee.
The Bucks are 10-4 in the games he’s played for them. That has helped Milwaukee build a three-game lead in the Eastern Conference.