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Middleton, Brogdon out tonight with injuries

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CLEVELAND (AP)  — Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, the second and fourth leading scorers for the Milwaukee Bucks, are out against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Middleton has a sprained right finger and Brogdon a sore left hamstring. Neither will play Friday night in the second matchup between the teams this week.

Middleton is averaging 17.4 points, but is 16 of 47 from the field in the last four games. Brogdon is averaging 15.3 points and is shooting 52 percent from the field. He’s made 47 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer declined to say who would start in place of the injured players during his pregame meeting with the media.

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t play because of a sore neck Monday when the Bucks defeated the Cavaliers 108-92 in Milwaukee. He returned in Wednesday’s 113-97 loss to Indiana but scored a season-low 12 points.

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Grizzlies expect Brooks to miss rest of season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a ruptured ligament in his right big toe.

The Grizzlies announced that Brooks underwent surgery Friday. The Grizzlies said Brooks should have a full recovery in time for the 2019-20 training camp.

Brooks, 22, appeared in 18 games this season off the bench and averaged 7.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 18.3 minutes.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Brooks, a former second-round pick from Oregon, was the only Memphis player to play in all 82 games last season. The Grizzlies acquired Brooks immediately after the Houston Rockets selected him with the 45th overall selection in the 2017 draft.

Brooks made 74 starts his rookie year and averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds and 28.7 minutes.

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Embiid sits out game against Hawks

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers’ game Friday night against Atlanta because of a sore left ankle.

Embiid hurt his ankle in a loss to Washington on Wednesday night. Embiid was one of the final players to leave the court during warmups and shot long jumpers wearing “Trust the Process” sneakers.

Embiid leads the 76ers with averages of 26.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in 40 games.

Mike Muscala started against the Hawks.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo sits vs. Wizards with hip, quad injuries

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of the Bucks’ game Friday night against the Washington Wizards because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion.

It will be the third game Antetokounmpo has missed this season. The 6-foot-11 player from Greece is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and has emerged as an MVP candidate in his sixth season. The Bucks entered Friday with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

“Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He got hit a few games ago, and kind of been managing it.”

Antetokounmpo played 37 minutes Wednesday night in a victory at Houston. Milwaukee is 2-0 this season when he does not play.
 

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