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MILWAUKEE — Despite having a week between the end of the second round and the beginning of the Eastern Conference finals, there is no guarantee that Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be ready to return to the starting lineup by the beginning of the next series as he recovers from a minor plantar fascia tear.
“He needs more game minutes, more game action,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after practice Saturday. “We plan to continue to increase Malcolm’s workload and minutes. To say exactly how it’s going to play out — the next step will be him playing a little bit more in Game 1.”
On Wednesday, Brogdon played for the first time since March 15. He came off the bench in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics and played in sub-four-minute spurts. He played a total of 17 minutes and scored 10 points.
Budenholzer said Wednesday that 17 minutes were “more than we planned.” After that game, Brogdon said he didn’t feel any residual pain.
“I felt 100 percent,” Brogdon said. “You want to ease your way into the game and try to