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Budenholzer: Brogdon expected to play in Game 5 (1:44)

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is excited to have Malcolm Brogdon back for Game 5, saying he’s versatile on the court. (1:44)

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  • Malika AndrewsESPN

MILWAUKEE —Malcolm Brogdon, who had been sidelined for almost two months with a plantar fascia tear, saw his first action since March 15 on Wednesday in Game 5 between theBoston CelticsandMilwaukee Bucks.

Brogdon came off the bench at the start of the second quarter, replacingPat Connaughton. He scored 10 points in 17 minutes in the 116-91 win, helping the Bucks eliminate the Celtics from the playoffs.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game that Brogdon would be on a minutes restriction.

“He’s such a pro,” Budenholzer said. “He loves playing. He’s very, very excited to be playing.”

The Bucks relied on their bench heavily in Games 3 and 4 against the Celtics. In Game 3, backupsConnaughtonandGeorge Hillgave Milwaukee an offensive boost. In Game 4, whenEric Bledsoe,Giannis AntetokounmpoandKhris Middletonwere all sitting with foul trouble, the bench built a third-quarter lead; the Bucks never trailed after the third.

The Bucks hope Brogdon — who was a starter during the regular season — will add even more punch to that second unit.

“He gives us an extra spark,” Middleton said. “Someone that we missed for a long time. Just to have him available is huge for us — another quality piece we can bring to our depth.”

Brogdon traveled with the team to Boston for Games 3 and 4, worked out with the training staff and played 5-on-5.

During the regular season, Brogdon averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The Bucks expect him to return to his starting role should they advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

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