Monroe was battling a sore calf near the end of the preseason, but the issue was never considered overly serious. Expect the veteran to again serve as the first big man off the bench, as was the case for most of last season. In 2016-17, Monroe posted averages of 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds 2,3 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Monroe won't play during Friday's preseason finale while dealing with left calf soreness.
Considering it's being labeled "soreness", the injury likely won't spill into the regular season. That said, he should be considered day-to-day. In his stead, John Henson and Thon Maker should see extended run.
Monroe recorded 12 points (6-8 FG), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block over 17 minutes Monday in a preseason loss to the Mavericks.
Monroe was the go-to scoring option off the bench for the Bucks last season, averaging 11.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting while playing a career low 22.5 minutes per game. Milwaukee's second unit will have a different look with Malcolm Brogdon -- a player Monroe had developed strong chemistry with -- likely moving to the starting lineup, however Monroe should still be the offensive focal point coming off the bench.
With traditional back-to-the-basket centers in the mold of Monroe no longer possessing as much market value as they did a few seasons ago, it was unlikely that the 27-year-old would have landed a larger annual salary had he decided to become a free agent. Since Monroe's contract set to expire after this season, the Bucks could finally have better luck trying to trade him away in the coming months, but while he remains with the team, he'll likely serve as a go-to scoring option for the second unit. Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 22.5 minutes per game in 2015-16.
Monroe tallied 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 23 minutes Thursday in a 104-77 win over the Raptors in Game 3 of the series.
After Khris Middleton posted 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in the first quarter to help the Bucks race to a 32-12 advantage, Monroe took the torch in the second quarter, amassing 12 of his 16 points. While it appeared heading into the season that Monroe was destined to be moved to another team, he's found a niche with the upstart Bucks as a second-unit center and has dominated during the series. He's averaged 16.0 points (on 54.8 shooting), 8.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.7 minutes per game in three contests.
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