Bucks center Larry Sanders will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn after missing Milwaukee’s last four games with a lower back contusion.
Injured after a nasty fall in Denver on Feb. 5, Sanders missed more time than he initially expected and even sought out a second opinion to make sure initial tests didn’t overlook a more serious injury.
The All-Star break gave the NBA’s leader in blocked shots the extra rest he needed, as Sanders went through his first full-contact practice since the fall on Monday.
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The Bucks have badly missed their defensive anchor, as Milwaukee went 1-3 and allowed over 100 points three times in his absence.
Sanders’ return means Samuel Dalembert will slide back to the bench after averaging 16.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his last five games.
Milwaukee won’t be at full strength, as reserve guard Marquis Daniels will miss Tuesday’s game with an illness.