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Jrue Holiday expected to return vs. Clippers on Sunday

Jrue Holiday could be nearing a Sunday return for the Milwaukee Bucks matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing 10 games because of Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks brings the ball up court during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 06, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled with inconsistent play in 2020-21 but could get a key piece back ahead of their matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The 30-year-old guard is expected to return to action on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s missed 10 games over the last three weeks because of the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Holiday is an important part of the Bucks’ elite defense and compliments Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton well, but he’s also an asset as a scorer and playmaker. He’s averaging 16.4 points on a career-high 50.2% percent shooting to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. His return should affect the impact of DJ Augustin, Bryn Forbes, and Done DiVincenzo.

Milwaukee (20-13) ranks third in the Eastern Conference standings despite its 5-5 run without Holiday in the starting lineup. The Bucks have rebounded from a five-game losing streak by winning four games in a row, but they’ll be tested against a Clippers team that boasts the second-best record in the league.