Corey Maggette is the odd man out in the Milwaukee Bucks' rotation as the season winds down.

It's not a comfortable spot for the veteran small forward, who arrived in a trade with the Golden State Warriors in June. He has played a total of 2 minutes over the last seven games and in six games was listed in the box score as DNP-CD (did not play, coach's decision).

But Maggette has decided not to speak out in anger about his situation.

"Well, it's tough because I know I should be playing," Maggette said in an interview. "There's really no excuse.

"But I'm strong. My faith keeps me through this. My teammates out there are working extremely hard, and you have to support those guys.

"I just wish I could help them out. I'm just staying positive for them. I think it's up to me being a veteran guy to set an example. If I'm not playing, you have to be professional. That's the way I was taught."

Bucks coach Scott Skiles has shortened his rotation in the past few weeks as the team has made a desperate bid to grab the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The Bucks, with just eight games remaining, play at Indiana on Friday and must win to have any realistic hope of catching the eighth-place Pacers. Even a victory will leave Milwaukee two games behind the Pacers and still facing an uphill climb.

Maggette has produced some good moments for the Bucks, including a 29-point, 11-rebound, five-assist performance in an overtime victory in Toronto in late January. But on the Bucks' return trip to Ontario on Wednesday he was reduced to a cheerleading role.