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NBA - US Sports: Caruso ready for Bucks test

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso says he feels fully fit ahead of the play-off first-round series against Milwaukee Bucks after an injury-hit end to the regular season.

The Bulls are 15/2 to win the series against the defending NBA champions, while Milwaukee can be backed at 1/12.

Slowly building back up

Caruso sustained a fractured right wrist following a foul by Grayson Allen in a defeat to Milwaukee in January and missed 22 games before returning in mid-March. 

The 28-year-old struggled with niggling issues after his return, and missed the final three games of the regular season with back soreness.

"It started hindering me on our four-game trip [24-29 March] after the Milwaukee game [on 22 March]. Just coming back after missing so much time [with the wrist fracture], and then you just beat up your muscles for a while in your back, there's a little soreness and I just didn't have enough time to recover," Caruso told reporters on Wednesday, via NBC Chicago.

"It didn't feel good, obviously, I think my play kind of showed that."

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Heading for full speed

Caruso participated in full practice on Tuesday as the Bulls prepare to face the Bucks, and he insists he is close to full fitness ahead of the best-of-seven series against the champions.

"I feel good," he said. "I practiced yesterday, woke up today with normal body feeling after a long hard practice.

"[Today, I] stretched, got some weights in, did our film, and then shot. Felt good."

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