It was a little ring night game for Jrue Holiday.
He was ruled out of the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets, just after 17 minutes of action. He appeared to have injured his leg and the team made it official a few minutes later, ruling him out for the remainder of the game with a contusion to his right heel.
Jrue Holiday – contusion in right heel – will not return tonight
– Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) 20 October 2021
The point guard withdrew from the game with 3:13 left in the first half and had 12 points (5-7 FG) under his belt at that time.
The injury is a blow to Milwaukee, who was already playing the opener without the key roles of Bobby Portis (hamstrings), Semi Ojeleye (calf), Rodney Hood (foot) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle).
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Based on games played over the past four seasons, Holiday has been a fairly reliable player having played 268 of possible 308 games.
He had played a key role in the Bucks’ championship race in the 2021 playoffs averaging 17.3 points, 8.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds in each of 23 playoff games.
The playmaker is coming out of one of the busiest summers, going from the NBA Finals to the Olympics in a matter of days. Winning the gold medal with Team USA wrapped up an incredible first season with the Bucks for Holiday, which were acquired by the Milwaukee franchise in a New Orleans trade during the 2020 offseason.
The first season with the Bucks, when he reached career highs in the field (50.3%) and beyond the arc (39.2%), also earned him his second career selection in the first All-Defensive team.
The point guard, entering his 13th season, is currently on a $ 135 million 4-year contract – an extension he signed in April 2021 to stay with the Bucks until 2024-25.
Hopefully this injury is not a series or long term. Sporting News will keep you up to date with the latest news. So stay tuned.