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O.J. Mayo Injury: Updates on Bucks Guard's Hamstring and Return

Milwaukee Bucks' O.J. Mayo (3) celebrates after a made three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard O.J. Mayo suffered a hamstring injury on Jan. 10 and has been out of action ever since. However, he is ready to return to the lineup. 

Continue for updates. 

Mayo Active vs. Celtics

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Head coach Jason Kidd told reporters Mayo will start on Tuesday night against Boston, per the Bucks' Twitter account.

Mayo Comments on Injury

Sunday, Jan. 10

"Fourth quarter I couldn't move," Mayo said, per Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Who doesn't want to play in [Madison Square] Garden? It's moreso don't be a bonehead."

Mayo added he had no lift on his jump shot in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks.

Hamstring Injury Continues to Hamper Mayo's Season

Mayo dealt with a hamstring injury at the start of the season, and the nagging ailment caused him to miss the first 11 games before making his debut on Nov. 19. 

Since returning, Mayo has averaged 9.5 points on 37.9 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent from three. But due to the emergences of Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, Mayo has been called on to function as more of a supplemental scoring option.

The former No. 3 overall pick still offers value as a spot-up shooter, but he's more of a complementary piece than a key component of the offense at this point. Rookie Rashad Vaughn—who specializes in creating offense—can also help soften the blow of Mayo's injury. 

Mayo's in the final year of a three-year, $24 million deal, per Spotrac, so he needs to remain healthy at all costs in order to try to cash in and secure a long-term commitment when the salary cap explodes over the summer. 

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