Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon diagnosed with minor plantar fascia tear

The Milwaukee Bucks may need to hold off the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the Eastern Conference over the regular season’s remainder absent one of their most important players, Malcolm Brogdon.

The team announced on Saturday that Brogdon suffered a minor tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot. The injury was discovered after an examination by team physician Dr. William Raasch that included an MRI. Milwaukee has offered no timeline for his recovery.

For what it’s worth, Boston Celtics big man Daniel Theis missed just six games earlier this season after suffering the same injury. Regardless, with the playoffs fast approaching, expect the Bucks to take a cautious approach to Brogdon’s return.

The third-year guard left his team’s game against the Miami Heat on Friday after just seven minutes of play and never returned. Milwaukee hardly missed Brogdon, though, becoming the first team in league history to trail by 20 points at halftime and go on to win by at least 15 points.

Brogdon, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, has been integral to the Bucks’ success on both sides of the ball this season. Averaging a career-high 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game, he’s also emerged as one of the league’s most efficient role players, with shooting marks that currently place him in the hallowed 50-40-90 club. Brogdon has been nearly as impactful on the other end of the floor, where his length and strength allow him to defend multiple positions.

The Bucks, 52-17, are three games up on the second-place Raptors in the standings.

Dante Exum, Quin Snyder, Jazz