Maker will draw the start at center over Tyler Zeller for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.
This decision isn't too surprising, as Maker has outplayed Zeller since usual starter John Henson went down with a back injury. Over the past three games, Maker has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks across 26.0 minutes.
Maker tallied eight points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five blocks, two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes during Sunday's 104-102 victory over the Celtics.
Maker had another five blocked shots Sunday while also seeing 30 minutes of playing time, far more than starter Tyler Zeller. Maker has stamped his authority on the defensive end of the floor in the absence of John Henson (back) and has been rewarded with a nice run with the starters. Should Henson be forced to miss another game, Maker should be able to see minutes in the mid-twenties once again in Game 5.
Maker churned out 14 points (3-5 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, five blocks and one steal across 24 minutes during Milwaukee's 116-92 win over the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Maker saw extended run with John Henson (back) out of action and thrived in the opportunity. The second-year seven-footer was excellent on both ends of the floor, recording a game-high number of blocks while also showing off his deft touch from distance with a 75.0 percent success rate from behind the arc. If Henson were to be forced to miss Sunday's pivotal Game 4, the Bucks would seemingly be in good hands with the versatile Maker seeing solid minutes once again.
Maker (groin) is not listed on Saturday's injury report for the game against the Knicks, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Maker has been battling a groin injury as of late, preventing him from seeing the floor. That said, little word has emerged about his condition, so it's also possible he's been a DNP-CD over the past couple games, as coach Joe Prunty turns to John Henson and Tyler Zeller to handle duties at center.
Maker (groin) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.
Maker has missed the Bucks' past four games with a right groin strain, but the probable designation implies that the worst of the injury is behind him. Assuming he can make it through morning shootaround Tuesday without any setbacks, Maker should rejoin the rotation later in the evening against the Celtics, likely picking up around 15 minutes behind frontcourt starters Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson.
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