Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is expected to return to the lineup for game one of the playoffs against the Detroit Pistons.
Mirotic, spoke to reporters on Saturday saying he expects to return from his thumb injury on Sunday.
The Bucks twitter account confirming early Saturday:
“He looked good to me, he looked like he could help us.”
Nikola Mirotic ready to return in Round 1: pic.twitter.com/YCOAg6vuOQ
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 13, 2019
Coach Mike Budenholzer also told the media Mirotic participated fully in practice on Friday and expects him to play “barring something unexpected.”
Mirotic averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games with the Bucks following his deadline aquisition from the New Orleans Pelicans.
The return of Mirotic will allow the Bucks offense to spread the floor and sepearate Detroit’s front court defensive power duo in Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. The Bucks are 4-0 in regular season play against the Pistons.
Coverage of Game 1 vs Detroit begins on WTMJ at 5:35 pm on Sunday.