Nate Wolters’ surprising rookie campaign could be just about over. On Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors, Wolters fractured his left hand in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s 115-110 loss. After heading briefly to the locker room for treatment, he returned to the Bucks’ bench without any medical taping and such on his hand. The Bucks officially confirmed the injury and ruled him out for the remained of the game via Twitter. Wolters played just 10 minutes and finished with two points in the game.
After being drafted out of South Dakota State in the second-round of last year’s draft, Wolters played solid this season even though he only averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 assists. In his given opportunities, he showed that he can do a solid job of running the floor for the Bucks and proved to be a reliable player for Milwaukee during the season.
He wasn’t brought along slowly, either. In Milwaukee’s first game against the New York Knicks, Brandon Knight suffered an ankle injury that forced Wolters to play roughly 30 minutes in his first NBA game. When Knight returned, he was buried on the bench until January when Larry Drew decided to insert him into the starting lineup. He started in 30 of Milwaukee’s 57 games.
“He had been playing really well for us. The kid has a lot of heart.” Drew said after the game. “He’s been competing his tail off, it’s a big blow. Hopefully he’ll have a full recovery.”
Milwaukee will play in Sacramento on Sunday against the Kings before ending their four-game road trip on Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.