The Milwaukee Bucks’ season has already been going badly. The team, ticketed as on the way up following a 41-41 campaign last season, has instead stumbled to a 27-38 record and the 12th spot in the East.
Then Thursday arrived and brought with it even more bad news for the Bucks. O.J. Mayo, who had taken over as the starting point guard, w the season after suffering a fractured right ankle.
The team announced that the injury occurred when Mayo, 28, “accidentally tripped descending his stairs at home.” The eighth-year veteran was averaging 7.8 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals, with a .371 shooting percentage, in 41 games this season.
Mayo’s calamity is just the latest for Milwaukee, which already lost Michael Carter-Williams (torn hip labrum) and Steve Novak (knee) to season-ending injuries, with Greivis Vasquez (ankle) and John Henson (back) currently out of action.
Bucks could be eligible for the NBA injury exception with MCW, Mayo, Novak, Henson and Vasquez out. pic.twitter.com/TTO6EKdOnn
— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) March 10, 2016
Although technically playing at point guard, Mayo had been valued more for his defense, while Giannis Antetokounmpo was tasked with running the Bucks’ offense. In Mayo’s absence, combo guard Jerryd Bayless could see a rise in playing time.
No word on whether Mayo is getting one of these installed in his home: