Caron Butler winces in pain after spraining his left ankle Monday against the Knicks.
Injuries have been an unfortunate and all-too-common theme in the NBA this season, and the Bucks have been hit even harder than most teams. After a brief flirtation with a healthy roster, a number of players turned up on the injury report heading into Wednesday’s game in Denver. I’ll let Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Andrew Gruman take it from here:
Butler came down on the foot of Tyson Chandler in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game and suffered a high ankle sprain that prevented him from returning. At this point, it’s extremely unlikely he plays Wednesday, and there’s a good chance he’ll miss Saturday’s date with Houston as well.
If Mayo does, indeed, sit out Wednesday it will be his sixth straight absence, a curiously long time to be out with the flu. Mayo is rumored to be available as the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaches, leading some to believe Milwaukee is holding him out to preserve his already diminished value. Nine days (and counting) is certainly an abnormal amount of time to miss with flu-like symptoms, but neither the team nor Mayo have indicated that any other factors are affecting his status.
While the mounting injuries put a damper on Monday’s emotional win, the Bucks did receive some good news in the form of John Henson stating he’ll likely play against Denver. After missing the last two games, Henson took part in Tuesday’s practice and all signs point to him playing Wednesday, barring a setback. With Larry Sanders averaging 10.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over the last four games, Henson will probably come off the bench, unless Larry Drew opts to give the Sanders-Henson-Ilyasova front line another look.