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Bucks’ Connaughton to undergo hand surgery, expected to return this season

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 26: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks runs back on defense during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on January 26, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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It didn’t look like much when it happened, but even the Bucks’ Pat Connaughton Tweeted out the play where it happened.

Connaughton will undergo hand surgery, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The fourth metacarpal is the bone below the knuckle that connects the ring finger to the wrist.

Connaughton, a key part of the Bucks rotation, had been playing his best basketball this season of late. He averages 10.1 points per game shooting 40.7% 3-pointers.

Don’t be surprised if the Bucks turn to the buyout market to try and fill the roster spots and minutes until Connaughton returns. Potential buyout candidates Gary Harris, Ben MacLemore, or the recently waived DeAndre’ Bembry all could be fits in the Bucks’ rotation.