Larry Sanders has already missed 29 games this season.
Just when Larry Sanders was beginning to put the pieces together after a sluggish start to the season, the Bucks announced Friday that the center will be out at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone in his right eye.
Sanders suffered the injury during the first quarter of last Saturday’s loss to the Rockets, when he caught an elbow from Houston guard James Harden.
The embattled center missed six weeks earlier in the season after suffering a torn ligament in his thumb. He suffered the injury while involved in a brawl at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub.
The minimum six-week timetable would put Sanders back at the end of March, when Milwaukee would have 10 or so games remaining. Should his recovery be delayed, it’s certainly possible Sanders could be out for the rest of the season, as it wouldn’t make much sense to bring him back for just a few games.
Sanders appeared to be in good spirits Friday afternoon, tweeting his appreciation for being able to spend the All-Star break among family.
— Nappy Gilmore ™ (@LarrySanders) February 14, 2014
Prior to the injury, Sanders was playing easily his best basketball of the season. In his previous five games, the 25-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 32.0 minutes. In his absence, both Zaza Pachulia and John Henson will see a major jump in minutes.