Since mid-March, when Malcolm Brogdon went down with a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot, the expectation has been that the Milwaukee Bucks guard will be back in action around Round 2 of the playoffs.
With the Bucks getting closer to clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the time of Brogdon's return is inching closer. A key piece of their starting lineup and a newly-minted member of the elite 50-40-90 shooting club – reaching those percentages on field goals, three-pointers and free throws – Brogdon will be a valuable addition to an already deep Bucks team against the Boston Celtics in the second round.
“Every day he’s, I would say, doing a little bit more, although they have lower loads and lighter days," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He’s right on track, he’s doing well. We’re hopeful there aren’t any setbacks here near the end.”
Brogdon has ramped up his workload to the point where he's running again. He'sjogged up and down the court jumping rope at recent practices and has traveled with the team to Detroit where he's been able to continue his rehab while also getting some shots up, though he hasn't done much more than that.
The final hurdle for Brogdon will be to go live in practice or intrasquad scrimmages. He'll need to perform the usual motions while also being pain-free and confident in running, jumping and cutting.