Bucks get Jrue Holiday injury update boost vs. Nets amid Giannis’ absence

Milwaukee Bucks defensive ace Jrue Holiday missed Tuesday’s game against the Orlando Magic due to a neck injury. Sans arguably their top defender, the Bucks managed to beat the Magic by a final score of 134-123 behind 26 points and six rebounds from Brook Lopez. Still, when Mikal Bridges, Joe Harris, and the Brooklyn Nets visit the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night to play the Bucks, every Bucks fan will surely be dying to know: Is Jrue Holiday playing tonight vs. the Nets?

Jrue Holiday injury status vs. Nets

The Bucks initially had Holiday listed as probable for Thursday’s showdown, per a tweet from Underdog Fantasy’s NBA account. Unsurprisingly, Holiday was later upgraded to available prior to tipoff. This is a welcome development for Milwaukee after superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) was ruled out to play against Brooklyn.

Holiday, 32, is in his 14th year in the NBA and third as a member of the Bucks franchise. He’s averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game across 53 appearances this season (51 starts).

The former UCLA standout isn’t accumulating steals in the 2022-23 campaign with the same regularity he was in years past — Holiday’s current 1.2 steals average is the second-lowest of his pro career, better than only his rookie season average.

The Bucks should have no trouble beating the Nets at home on Thursday, especially with Holiday in the lineup. After all, the Bucks are arguably the hottest team in the league right now, as they own a 9-1 record over their last ten games. But with regard to the question, Is Jrue Holiday playing tonight vs. the Nets, the answer is yes.

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