As the Milwaukee Bucks gear up for another run at the Eastern Conference throne, they will likely have to open their season without starting point guard Eric Bledsoe who is already battling the injury bug prior to the season.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Bledsoe suffered a fractured rib and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks of playing time. With Milwaukee’s regular-season opener coming on Oct. 24, Bledsoe may be just getting back as the campaign gets underway.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 11, 2019
Though Giannis Antetokounmpo gets heaps of praise and Khris Middleton also receives plenty of attention, Eric Bledsoe has quietly been one of their most important players for years now. The veteran floor general has a quick burst to the rim and is adept at getting others around him involved. Bledsoe and Middleton combine to make a formidable backcourt duo that complements Antetokounmpo extremely well.
The veteran floor general is expected to shoulder even more of a load this season with Malcolm Brogdon out of the picture. While Milwaukee is expected to be a contender yet again, Bledsoe being able to remain efficient from the point guard position will be crucial for them all season long.
Bledsoe put together another solid season for the Bucks in 2018, averaging 15.6 points to go with 4.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists. The Bucks will need Bledsoe to perform at the top of his game again this season as they hope this is finally the season they break through and advance to the NBA Finals after coming up short in the playoffs the past three seasons.