Though the outbreak of coronavirus has brought up so many questions across the league this season, the Milwaukee Bucks have remained one of the clear favorites to win an NBA title. However, the virus could now complicate things for Milwaukee even further, as point guard Eric Bledsoe remains away from the team following a positive test for COVID-19. Bledsoe told ESPN’s Malika Andrews that he hasn’t made the trip with his team to Orlando yet but will have a chance to in the future.
“I am asymptomatic and feeling fine,” Bledsoe told ESPN in a statement. “Once I meet the NBA protocols, I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando.”
Though Bledsoe says he is asymtpomatic, it could still be over a week or two until he’s permitted to join the NBA’s bubble in Orlando. The Bucks currently sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 53-12 record.
While MVP front-runner Giannis Antetokounmpo has garnered most of the attention behind Milwaukee’s stellar play this season, Bledsoe has quietly remaind a productive point guard. Bledsoe and wing Khris Middleton provide a tough scoring combo from the perimeter which frees up Antetokounmpo to dominate inside. The Bucks boast one of the league’s most efficient offenses and have averaged the most points per game as a team this season.
Bledsoe should still be able to join the team within a reasonable timeframe and the Bucks may not have the stiffest competition- even after the final eight-game stretch. Expect Bledsoe and the Bucks to be there right till the end and perhaps represent the East in the NBA Finals.