Larry Sanders is one of only two injured Bucks heading into Wednesday’s game.
It seems strange to say, after an almost suspicious number of injuries early in the season, but the Milwaukee Bucks are almost completely healthy. Almost.
Caron Butler, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, Brandon Knight, Gary Neal, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour, Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh have all missed at least one game already this season, but Milwaukee figures to have 13 healthy bodies for Wednesday’s date with the Wizards.
Washington has been banged up in its own right, and learning Monday that starting shooting guard Bradley Beal will miss at least two weeks with a leg injury certainly doesn’t help the team’s cause to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Before heading to Milwaukee, the Wizards host the Lakers on Tuesday night, while Milwaukee is idle. Here are the injury reports for both teams:
Sanders continues to sit out with a torn ligament in his right thumb suffered during an infamous incident at a Milwaukee nightclub. He underwent surgery on Nov. 11 and the initial prognosis had him missing six weeks. The team has not released any updates on his recovery (which could be a good thing), and it’s expected that he’ll return to the court toward the end of December, right around that six-week prediction.
Delfino suffered a setback in his recovery from a fractured foot and will likely miss the entire year. Delfino’s website first reported the news, but the Bucks have since clarified that there’s a chance the veteran shooter could return before season’s end.
Knight has already missed eight games this season with hamstring injuries, but the third-year guard played 20+ minutes in each of Milwaukee’s last two games, so it appears he’s good to go.
The Wizards officially announced today that Beal will miss a minimum of two weeks due to a stress injury in his proximal right fibula. In normal people language, that means he’s experiencing chronic pain in his lower leg. A similar condition kept him out of eight games at the end of last season, so Washington will likely be cautious in bringing him back. Even if he were to return on the short end of the two-week timetable, he’ll miss at least seven games (including two versus Milwaukee). In his second season, the 20-year-old is averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting a blistering 43.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The rookie practiced for the first time this season Monday as he continues to rehab his injured hip flexor. Though he played with the Wizards in Las Vegas this summer, he sat out the entire preseason and it remains unknown when he’ll make his NBA debut. A highly prized third overall pick, Porter did not play well in Vegas and it’s likely he won’t have much of a role for a team that already features similar players in Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster at small forward.
Speaking of Ariza, the veteran (he’s somehow only 28) missed Washington’s last five games with a strained right hamstring. However, he’s expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Lakers. Barring a setback, that will again be the case on Wednesday.
The 2011 first-round pick is yet to play this season after sustaining a broken foot during a workout in September. He practiced for the first time Monday but a return date is yet to be established. Regardless, Singleton’s minutes took a dip last season as Ariza and Webster emerged as the primary options at small forward.
After playing in Washington’s first seven games, Harrington has missed the past six games while dealing with a knee issue. The 33-year-old is not injured, per se, but he’s experiencing chronic sources from what the team is calling “wear and tear.” At this point, Harrington is being evaluated on a game-to-game basis, so there’s a slight chance he could play Wednesday.