NBA playoffs 2019: Bucks' Nikola Mirotic expected to play Game 1 vs. Pistons

By Arthur Weinstein 14 April 2019 141
NBA playoffs 2019: Bucks' Nikola Mirotic expected to play Game 1 vs. Pistons

The Bucks expect Nikola Mirotic to be available for Game 1 of their playoff series Sunday against the Pistons.

The 6-10 forward has not played since March 19, when he suffered a broken left thumb.

Mirotic practiced both Friday and Saturday with no problems, and told reporters, "I should be ready to go."

Milwaukee acquired Mirotic from the Pelicans at the trade deadline to boost its perimeter game. Mirotic also has vast postseason experience.

"This is going to be my fourth playoffs in five years," Mirotic said. "The guys are ready, but the message from our coach is that there's nothing different in the playoffs. We need to play our same basketball. Play hard. I think we should be fine. We are a very deep team and very hungry."

Mirotic is averaging 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds this season, and shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range.

Milwaukee hosts Detroit at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

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