Milwaukee Bucks: Jan. 8 Injury Report, Status of Lillard and Crowder

Bucks grapple with form, key players sidelined for game.

by Nouman Rasool
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jan. 8 Injury Report, Status of Lillard and Crowder
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The Milwaukee Bucks are set to clash with the Utah Jazz this Monday, but they'll be doing so without key players Damian Lillard and Jae Crowder. Lillard, affectionately known as "Dame Time," is stepping away for personal reasons.

This marks his first absence since mid-November, a notable gap given his consistent presence since joining from the Portland Trail Blazers. On the other side, Crowder is on the mend from a left adductor surgery. His last game was on Nov.

12 versus the Orlando Magic, and he's expected to remain sidelined for approximately two months. His absence is a significant loss for the Bucks, considering his veteran status and contributions on the court.

Bucks' Recent Struggles

The Bucks' recent performance has been rocky, to say the least.

Their loss against the Houston Rockets (112-108) last Saturday adds to a concerning pattern of just one win in their last four matches. This slump includes a narrow victory against the San Antonio Spurs, which barely averted a four-game losing streak.

Delving into the specifics, Damian Lillard's situation is not injury-related. Despite a less-than-stellar performance against the Rockets, where he scored 18 points on 5-16 shooting, Lillard has reassured fans and the team of his health.

He insists his absence is strictly for personal reasons, squashing any rumors of underlying health concerns. As for Jae Crowder, his groin injury from two months ago has limited his season appearances to just nine games. His injury and subsequent surgery have been setbacks for both him and the Bucks, who have felt his absence on the court.

In terms of their return, Crowder's two-month recovery timeline is nearing its end, so an update from the Bucks could be imminent. Meanwhile, Lillard is anticipated to make a quick return, potentially in the upcoming game against the Boston Celtics.

This game is especially crucial, and Lillard's presence could be a game-changer. Regarding their historical performance against the Utah Jazz, Lillard boasts an impressive average of 27.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds from 38 encounters.

Crowder, in his 23 games against the Jazz, averages 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Their stats highlight the void their absence will create in the upcoming game against the Jazz. Milwaukee Bucks are navigating a challenging phase with key players like Damian Lillard and Jae Crowder out of action.

Their return to the court is eagerly awaited, as the team looks to bounce back from recent setbacks and regain their winning form.

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