Nate Wolters breaks hand

Nate Wolters fractured his hand. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nate Wolters fractured his hand. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bucks guard Nate Wolters fractured his left (non-shooting) hand in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. He left the game in the second quarter and did not return.

While no official statement has been made, it is quite likely that the rookie’s season is over. Wolters averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. He started 31 of the 58 games he played in.

Prior to Feb. 8, Wolters shot 39.8% from the field while compiling a 10.3% on three-point shots. After that point, he shot 49.7% from the field and 45.5% from long range.

Coach Larry Drew had nothing but fine things to say in his post-game interview for Fox Sports Wisconsin:

“He had been playing really well for us. The kid has a lot of heart and really competes at a high level. I’ve been playing him at the 2 a lot. He’s been going against bigger, stronger guys, but he’s been competing his tail off. It is a big blow. I just want him to get well and hopefully, he’ll have a full recovery.”

Through much of the first quarter, Wolters spent the dead ball time looking at and stretching his left hand. He exited the game after playing the first couple of minutes of the second quarter. When asked how it occurred, Drew said that Wolters told him that “he was fighting through a screen and just kind of a weird thing happened.”

Presumably the injury came on this play when his left hand got caught on a screen set by David Lee:

One question facing the Bucks over the final 13 games is: Who will start in place of Wolters? When making a decision on the fly, Larry Drew chose to start Giannis Antetokounmpo at the tip of the second half with Brandon Knight sliding over to the point guard spot. Ramon Sessions got a bit more playing time than usual in the second half and O.J. Mayo did not get in the game.

The Bucks compiled some ridiculous splits when Wolters played compared to when he did not. In the 1309 minutes that Wolters played, the Bucks were a net -28 in points scored. In the 2042 minutes that he did not play, the Bucks compiled a net points scored of -530.

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  1. A rabbit is a buck!

    Damn, just when he was getting going, was waiting for the surge….well he’ll have the D-league to tune up this summer!

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  3. On the positive side hopefully Giannis is able to have his own type of mini breakout of better performances down the stretch. I was encouraged by his play last night with the additional court time.

    • I think he’s hit the wall.

      Dude’s gotta be mentally drained coming from the Greek 2nd Division to the NBA, only to endure the worst season in franchise history. And instead of blending in and just trying to survive, he’s become the fan focal point and somewhat of a media darling.

      Dude’s gotta just get out of this season healthy IMO.

  4. Thanks for the good article and info on Nate. I am Nate’s cousin and I was at the game last night. I could not tell anything was wrong until several minutes into the second quarter, when Nate went to the bench with the trainer, who was checking him out. Eventually, they left through one of the tunnels in the arena. Nate didn’t come back to the bench until the fourth quarter. I am guessing they took him somewhere- maybe the Oakland Coliseum next door- to get x-rayed. He didn’t appear to be in pain, but I am sure there was some. I was supposed to meet with Nate after the game, but, because of the injury, he was not able to meet. I feel terrible for Nate and hope that he will heal quickly and return to what he loves- basketball. He is a great young man and our family is very proud of him.