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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bucks' Larry Sanders out indefinitley

By on 2/12/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics on Monday by the score of 102-86. It was the third consecutive loss for the Bucks, who dropped to 9-42 on the season, last in the Central Division.  The Bucks played without center Larry Sanders, who fractured his right orbital bone against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The injury will leave Sanders out indefinitely. 

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As reported by Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel, Sanders suffered the injury while battling for a rebound in the first quarter and inadvertently elbowed by Rockets' guard James Harden.  Bucks coach Larry Drew said that Sanders has been playing well and the injury was very unfortunate.

 "He was starting to play with a rhythm and had played two of his better games this year."
Earlier in the season, Sanders missed six weeks and 25 games after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. He had played in 20 games since the surgery and averaged 14.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in February before the fracture against the Rockets.

With Sanders out, expect Zaza Pachulia, Miroslav Raduljica and Ekpe Udoh to get extended playing time up front. 

Sanders is in his fourth NBA season out of Virginia Commonwealth.  After two seasons of seeing limited playing time, Sanders averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game last season. In 23 games this season, Sanders is averaging 7.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.


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