Dellavedova hurts right ankle in Bucks victory

Oct 30, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) gives five to forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons won 98-83. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Dellavedova suffered a right ankle injury during the Milwaukee Bucks victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday morning.

With 10.41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dellavedova collapsed to the floor as Milwaukee were running their offence. Dellavedova slapped the floor in frustration and appeared visibly upset as he left the court with trainers to receive treatment. Official word from the Bucks is that Dellavedova has a right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated over the coming days.

Dellavedova did not speak post game and interim head coach Joe Prunty would only confirm the Australian’s status for Wednesday morning’s game in New York remains uncertain.

“Delly has an ankle sprain,” Prunty explained in the post match media conference. “He will be re-evaluated and we will know more as time goes by.”

This latest setback is problematic for both player and team. Dellavedova, who missed 15 games earlier in the season with a bout of knee tendinitis in his left leg, was finally approaching full fitness for the first time in months. His minutes over the past week had been increasing and there was a sense of optimism with the All-Star break looming.

The prospect of Dellavedova missing games creates a further gulf in the Bucks backcourt. With Malcolm Brogdon sidelined for at least six weeks with a lower leg injury, the point guard rotation is thinning out quickly.

Dellavedova finished the game with 2 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound in 14 minutes of action. Fellow Australian Thon Maker enjoyed a more successful afternoon as he scored 8 points and collected 6 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo also rolled his ankle during the fourth quarter, but his injury appears less severe than that suffered by Dellavedova. Antetokounmpo remained on the Bucks bench throughout the entire fourth quarter and was celebrating with his teammates postgame.

Injuries to both Dellavedova and Antetokounmpo caused much commotion and concern for Bucks owner Wes Edens as he sat courtside.

The Bucks now have a day off in New York before facing the Knicks.

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