MILWAUKEE — Just as the Milwaukee Bucks’ guard rotation was back in tact, backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sprained right ankle has flared up again.
Udrih will miss Wednesday’s game against San Antonio with the same injury that’s caused him to miss 12 games this season.
Injured initially Nov. 30 in Minnesota, Udrih returned on Dec. 26 against Brooklyn, but played just a total of 46 minutes in three games since his return. Udrih hasn’t been as sharp since returning, averaging just 2.0 points and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 3 of 9 from the field.
“He’s not ready to go yet,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “He didn’t practice yesterday, he’s just not ready.”
Bucks athletic trainer Marc Boff informed Skiles about two hours before game time that Udrih would be unable to go. With Udrih inactive, rookie guard Doron Lamb will be active against the Spurs and will the only guard off the bench.
Meanwhile, San Antonio is getting reserve guard Gary Neal back Wednesday night. Neal, who scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds against the Bucks on Dec. 5, missed the past four games with a strained right calf.
“He’s ready,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He can play the off guard and point guard. He’s just a good shooter, and we try to get him on the floor when we can.”