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Bucks’ Pat Connaughton to miss first weeks of season with calf strain

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Depth and continuity — and a healthy dose of Giannis Antetokounmpo — is the recipe that should have the Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the East this season.

But a little of that depth and continuity will miss the start of the season as Pat Connaughton strained his calf.

The Bucks looked a little thin at the two guard spot in their final preseason game. Not only was Connaughton out with this calf injury, but Grayson Allen also had a non-COVID illness and Wesley Matthews has missed the entire preseason with an ankle injury. Both Allen and Matthews are expected to be healthy and ready to go when the Bucks open the season Thursday against the Celtics.

Connaughton, a catch-and-shoot specialist, averaged 9.9 points a game last season shooting 39.5% from 3, playing about 26 minutes a night.