Milwaukee, WI - According to Charlie Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Bucks will be getting their starting center back from injury on Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Larry Sanders has been out of action since November 5th when he got into an altercation off the floor and tore a ligament in his right thumb.
Larry Sanders had a very slow beginning to his season, playing in just three games before suffering his injury. He averaged just 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. Sanders is not going to be asked to carry a large load on the offensive side of the basketball, but the Bucks need him to be the rim protector that he was last year and also a double-digit rebounder.
The Bucks signed Larry Sanders to a four-year, $44 million extension this past offseason, and so far that deal hasn’t returned the way that they wanted and expected it to. Sanders usually isn’t the type of person to get into off-the-court issues, and the Bucks are hoping that this was a one time event.
Milwaukee is currently sitting at 6-22 and their playoff hopes certainly don’t look too promising. That being said, the Eastern Conference is the weakest that it has been in recent history, and if they are able to catch fire and begin winning basketball games, they could have a chance at a playoff run. Sanders will be a key piece in whatever the Bucks do, and if he can stay healthy should be able to put up big numbers.
It will be interesting to see which Larry Sanders returns from the injury. The Bucks are certainly happy to have their best defensive presence back in the lineup, but his offensive game has quite a few question marks. There were many reports this past offseason that said that Sanders was working hard to be a more reliable post presence, but he hadn’t showed that in the first three games of the season.
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