The Milwaukee Bucks will come up short Tuesday night when they host the New York Knicks in the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
Jae Crowder and Pat Connaugthon will be unavailable as both veterans are dealing with injuries that have kept them out of recent games.However, the Bucks received a little boost just before tip-off. This comes in the form of rookie Andre Jackson Jr.Jackson missed Milwaukee’s last game — a 132-121 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday — because of lower back spasms. He was initially listed as questionable to play for Tuesday’s showdown, but Bucks fans will be happy to know that he is now ready. EzoicCoach Adrian Griffin confirmed less than two hours before tip-off that Jackson will be available to play against the Knicks:Jackson isn’t a star, but he’s been making waves lately. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old is also expected to take on a bigger role given the team’s injury problems at winger.In fifteen appearances this season (he started three games, among other things), the rookie averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game. There’s no denying that the numbers aren’t impressive, but Jackson is the type of player whose contributions go beyond the box score.