For the second time in less than a week, both Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo will sit out with flu-like symptoms. Both players were sidelined for Wednesday’s 104-101 win over the Pistons.
Since returning from injury in late-December, Sanders has started all but two games at center and is averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.8 minutes. In his absence Wednesday, Ekpe Udoh entered the starting lineup, but that won’t be the case Monday, as Udoh will also sit out for the second consecutive game with a sprained ankle.
Larry Drew will again be forced to shuffle his lineup and, according to the team’s official Twitter account, Khris Middleton will get his first starting nod since Jan. 13 against Toronto.
Coach Drew is starting Knight, Giannis, Middleton, Ilyasova & Henson tonight. #MILvLAC
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 27, 2014
Milwaukee lost both meetings with the Clippers last season by an average of 21 points. You may recall one play, in particular, from the second of the two, a 101-117 defeat at the Staples Center on Mar. 6: