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Bucks’ Connaughton to undergo surgery for hand injury

February 13, 2022 GMT
Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) takes the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) takes the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) takes the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) takes the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) takes the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are optimistic that guard Pat Connaughton will return before the end of the regular season as he prepares to undergo surgery on his broken right hand.

Connaughton suffered the injury Thursday while fouling Chris Paul on a drive to the basket late in the third quarter of a 131-107 loss at Phoenix. The Bucks later confirmed he had a fourth metacarpal fracture on his right hand.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Sunday that Connaughton would be undergoing surgery. Budenholzer also expressed confidence that Connaughton will be available before the end of the regular season.

Connaughton, 29, is scoring a career-high 10.1 points per game this season. The 6-foot-5 guard also is averaging 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 27 minutes.

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The injury to Connaughton and the trade of Donte DiVincenzo hinders the Bucks’ backcourt depth. The Bucks dealt DiVincenzo to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday as part of a four-team trade in which they acquired veteran center Serge Ibaka from the Los Angeles Clippers.

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