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Damian Lillard returns to practice, boosting Bucks' playoff hopes

Posted : 18 April 2024

Damian Lillard took a step forward on Wednesday towards being ready for the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff opener against the Indiana Pacers, as coach Doc Rivers confirmed his return to the practice floor for shooting drills and walkthroughs. Lillard had missed practice the day before due to a sore left adductor, which had troubled him during the final regular-season games.


With the Bucks having a day off on Thursday to prepare for Sunday's Game 1, Rivers expressed optimism about Lillard's progress, anticipating a fuller participation in practice on Friday. However, Rivers acknowledged the uncertainty, given the unexpected setbacks experienced earlier when medical staff advised against Lillard's participation in Tuesday's practice session.


Lillard's potential return holds increased significance for the Bucks, especially with the absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo looming due to a left calf strain. Antetokounmpo has missed the team's last three regular-season games and hasn't participated in practice this week, leaving uncertainty surrounding his availability for the playoffs. Additionally, reserve guard AJ Green has been sidelined from practice due to a sprained left ankle, further complicating the Bucks' preparations.


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