Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders join point guards on Bucks injury list
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — The Milwaukee Bucks will be
shorthanded against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, but just how
shorthanded is still up in the air.
Point guards Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour sat out of
Tuesday’s practice and are unlikely to play against Cleveland, while center
Larry Sanders was unable to practice due to a swollen right thumb.
Ersan Ilyasova, who aggravated his sprained right ankle in
Saturday’s loss to Toronto, was able to return to practice on a limited basis
Tuesday but remains questionable for Wednesday.
Sanders fell on his right thumb Saturday, but he’s hoping
the injury won’t prevent him from playing against the Cavaliers.
“It’s all swollen,” Sanders said. “These
hands are big, but as soon as I fall on them, one of these limbs goes the wrong
way and it’s trouble. (We decided) just to stay off it a little bit.”
Knight has yet to practice since straining his right
hamstring less than two minutes into the season opener Oct. 30. The Bucks were
immediately thrown into a bind at the point guard position because Ridnour
hasn’t been able to play yet this season due to back spasms.
That left rookie Nate Wolters as the team’s only healthy
point guard, and he was forced into pressure situations right away. He’s
performed admirably given the circumstances, averaging 10.0 points and 6.7
assists per game.
Barring significant improvements to Knight and Ridnour
overnight, Wolters will make his second straight start Wednesday night.
“It doesn’t look like Brandon is going to be able to
go, we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said “Luke
does not look good for tomorrow. We’re going to have to go with what we have.
We’ll probably go with Nate.”
Drew will have a decision on his hands if Ilyasova is unable
to play. Second-year power forward John Henson has performed well in Milwaukee’s
last two games and could get the starting nod, or Drew could go small with Khris
Middleton at small forward and Caron Butler at power forward.
Because Cleveland starts the 6-foot-9 Tristan Thompson at
power forward, Henson seems like the better fit. The Bucks should have reserve
forward Ekpe Udoh back Wednesday, as he made it through practice Tuesday for
the second straight day.
Sanders welcomes baby: Not only did Sanders miss
practice Tuesday for his thumb injury, but also Milwaukee’s big man was away
from the team Monday to witness the birth of his daughter.
Sanders and his wife, Brittany, welcomed their second child
Monday, a baby girl named Jynesis. Still wearing his hospital wristband,
Sanders reported all parties are healthy and doing well.
Jynesis, born 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long, joins
Jasaiah to give Sanders a son and a daughter.
Redd to announce retirement: Former Bucks All-Star
guard Michael Redd will formally announce his retirement from the NBA at the
BMO Harris Bradley Center before Wednesday’s game against Cleveland.
Redd will thank the fans of Milwaukee by addressing the
crowd between the first and second quarters and will sign autographs for fans
at halftime of Wednesday’s game.
Milwaukee’s second-round pick in 2000 out of Ohio State,
Redd finished as the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history with 11,554
points. He helped lead the Bucks to three postseason appearances, was named to
the All-Star team in 2004 and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008
Redd averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per
game in 11 seasons with Milwaukee and trails only Ray Allen in 3-point field
goals made in team history with 1,003.
His career was abruptly ended due to multiple knee injuries,
as Redd tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in January of 2009 and suffered
the same injury almost exactly a year later in 2010. Redd returned to play 10
games for the Bucks at the end of the 2010-11 season and played 51 games for
Phoenix in 2011-12.
Redd finds himself in the top 10 of almost every offensive
category in Bucks history, including points, scoring average, games played, minutes
played, field goals made, field goals attempted, 3-point field goals made,
attempted and percentage and free throws made, attempted and percentage.
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