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Injury Update: Pat Connaughton Breaks Hand vs. Suns

Seriously, on the day that Donte is traded…

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Anytime the Milwaukee Bucks lose, it hurts. Today, it hurt just a little bit more as Pat Connaughton suffered a significant hand injury in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The TNT broadcast showed a brief replay of the play where the injury occurred; Connaughton was matched up against Chris Paul and he knocked his hand against Paul’s forearm. Technically speaking, it could have been a foul! Pat knew that something was wrong, as he left the game and went to the locker room, not to return.

What is a fourth metacarpal? I’m not a doctor so I’m not sure, but I bet you don’t want to fracture it! The fact that it’s on Pat’s shooting hand is bad enough, but the real question becomes whether or not the fracture requires surgery to properly heal. BlogFather Frank Madden found a resource (of course he did, already!) that might help us better understand how long Connaughton may be out for.

Here are some more details about the nature of Pat’s injury, per

The necessary recovery time normally depends on multiple factors, including the specific metacarpal fractured. Breaks to the second and third metacarpals, located below the pointer and middle fingers, are easier to manage as they are anchored to the bones of the wrist and as a result are largely immobile. The fourth and the fifth metacarpals, located beneath the ring and pinkie fingers respectively, are more mobile in order to allow motion at the wrist and pinkie. The mobility here often necessitates additional healing time.

With the All Star break still over a week away, Connaughton can be expected to miss anywhere between 10-20 games at this point, meaning he could return shortly before the playoffs. But this is before any additional details are known about the injury. Just because we know where it is doesn’t mean we know how bad it is, or how the recovery will go. The Milwaukee Bucks have a world-class medical staff, so here’s hoping that Pat gets the right solution and recovers fully. Get well soon, Pat, the Bucks need you!