Bucks protect Pat Connaughton out for at least three weeks

Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton will miss at least three weeks with a right calf strain, the team announced Sunday.

Connaughton missed the final two preseason games with a sore right calf that the team initially hoped was not serious until an MRI on Friday revealed the injury. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said earlier this week that the team wasn’t sure how Connaughton suffered the injury.

“We don’t think it was an in-game incident,” Budenholzer said before Wednesday’s game against the Teas Brooklyn Nets. “There’s something that’s just not quite 100%, not perfect, so this time of year we can be extra careful.”

Connaughton’s injury leaves the Bucks without one of their key reserves to start the season through at least early November. He posted career highs in minutes (26.0), points (9.9), rebounds (4.2) and 3-point shooting percentage (39.5%) in 65 games (19 starts) last season, leading to a three-year, $28.5 million. extension in the off-season.

Milwaukee will already be without a forward Chris Middleton while recovering from wrist surgery in July. The Bucks open the season Thursday night against Philadelphia 76ers.

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