The Milwaukee Bucks are dealing with a rash of injuries as they try to move closer to the playoffs.
It’s unclear who will be available for the Bucks when they try to avoid a third straight loss Sunday afternoon against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
Milwaukee (39-32) played without Andrew Bogut(notes) (sore back) and Ersan Ilyasova(notes) (flu) in Friday’s 87-74 home loss to Miami. The injury situation got worse when Carlos Delfino(notes) was taken from the court on a stretcher after a blow to the head late in the first half.
After driving to the basket for a layup, Delfino stumbled and landed face down in the lane. In the ensuing scramble for the ball, 6-foot-8, 235-pound Heat forward Udonis Haslem(notes) jumped up, grabbed the rebound and inadvertently landed on the back of Delfino’s head.
The Bucks said Delfino was moving all extremities and went to a hospital for precautionary X-rays on his head and jaw, which came back negative. He is listed as day-to-day.
“We’re obviously concerned about Carlos,” coach Scott Skiles said. “We’ll just keep our fingers crossed, hope he’s OK or if there’s something wrong, it’s very minor and he can be well.”
“We were joking on the bench early on that we had a lot of leg room over there with everyone being out,” guard Charlie Bell(notes) said. “Then when Carlos went down we just looked at the bench again and we were another man short. That’s the way it is, we just have to deal with it the best way we can and guys have to be ready to step up.”
Milwaukee is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Heat and 1 1/2 in front of Charlotte. The Bucks have missed the playoffs the previous three seasons.
Jennings, though, continues to struggle with his shot, making 1 of 8 attempts for four points Friday. He’s shooting 26.5 percent (9 for 34) and averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in his last four games.
The rookie point guard is averaging 15.6 points and 5.9 assists for the season.
Memphis is in ninth place in the West and running out of time to try to catch Portland and San Antonio for one of the last two playoff spots. The Grizzlies have not played since a 128-110 road loss to Golden State on Wednesday.
“We feel that every game from here on out we have to come with the purpose that it is a playoff game,” guard Mike Conley(notes) said. “We’ve got to win these games to have an opportunity. We let this one slip away.”