Milwaukee offense was averagin...
Bucks 113, Raptors 107...
Raptors-Bucks, Box...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-20...
NOTES, QUOTES 2010-01-20...
GETTING INSIDE 2010-01-20...
Raptors-Bucks Preview 2010-01-...
Stackhouse ready to play for B...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-19...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Bucks sign Francisco Elson...
How to determine schedule for ...
Bucks sign Luc Richard Mbah a ...
Bucks will sign Andrew Bogut t...
Steve
Steve
Steve
Steve
Steve
Steve
Steve
August 2017
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
 
 
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » Bucks' Redd ready to roll He's resting his sore back before opener


Bucks' Redd ready to roll He's resting his sore back before opener


Bucks' Redd ready to roll  He's resting his sore back before opener By CHARLES F. GARDNER

St. Francis - Michael Redd has waited a long time and worked quite hard since his last regular-season game.

That was Jan. 24, when he crumpled to the Bradley Center floor after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in a game against the Sacramento Kings.

So the Milwaukee Bucks guard doesn't intend to miss the season opener in Philadelphia on Friday, despite sitting out practice the past three days with a strained muscle in his lower back.

"We've been cautious about it, to try to get ready for Friday," Redd said after the Bucks' workout at the Cousins Center on Wednesday.

But could the injury, which he suffered in the final preseason game against Detroit, force him to miss the opener?

Redd frowned and said, "No. Put me in a wheelchair and I won't miss the game. I'm excited about playing again. I've been playing in the preseason but looking forward to a regular-season game."

In fact, Redd played in all eight preseason games, and he had a team-high 23 points in 37 minutes against the Pistons at the Bradley Center on Friday.

But when he tried to practice Sunday, he knew something wasn't right.

"I couldn't move," Redd said. "There were certain moves I couldn't do, so I just scaled back and said, 'Let's treat it.' Now I can move and bend over when I couldn't do it Sunday or Monday."

Veteran Charlie Bell has been practicing with the first team for the last few days and could be inserted in the starting lineup if Redd is unable to play.

"If he (Redd) can't go again (Thursday), we'll be prepared to go on and move in another direction for the game Friday night," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

"If I feel we have to change that spot because Michael can't go or Michael hasn't practiced enough this week, that's the way we will go (with Bell)."

The 6-foot-3 Bell, starting his fifth season with the Bucks , said he anticipates Redd will be able to play.

But Bell said, "No matter what, you've got to be ready to go. Throughout the season there's going to be injuries and nicks and somebody's not going to be able to play as many minutes."

Bell shot a dismal 22% (8 for 36) during the preseason, including just 20% (3 of 15) from three-point range.

"The shot is going to come around," Bell said. "That's the last thing you're worried about is your shot.

"I just want to make sure I'm in the best shape possible and defensively I'm in the right spots."

Skiles also professed not to be concerned about Bell's shooting struggles.

"It's like baseball, a guy will go 1 for 16," Skiles said. "You pick out any block of time and eight-game stats can be skewed a little bit.

"When he holds his follow-through and shoots the ball with confidence, he's a very good shooter. There are times he's gotten a little under-confident and he pulls the string a little bit on his shot, and it doesn't go in for him."

The Bucks had a very healthy preseason, but suddenly Redd, power forward Hakim Warrick and small forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were forced to miss practices this week.

Warrick sat out a second straight practice Wednesday due to a neck injury, and Mbah a Moute returned to the floor after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee Sunday.

So maybe it's not so bad that the Bucks will be the last team scheduled to open the season. The other 29 teams will have played before Friday.

"Even if we weren't (the last team to open), this is the time to start playing a real game," Skiles said. "You get sick of playing against each other, sick of the drill work."

When the Bucks do get going, they will face stiff back-to-back challenges from Eastern Conference foes.

First, they confront Elton Brand and the 76ers on the road, followed by Central Division rival Detroit on Saturday night as the Bucks open at home. "It will be their home opener and they're going to be pumped up and ready to go," Bell said of playing the 76ers at the Wachovia Center.

"Detroit, we've played them twice already. . . . I think it's going to be a statement game for either one of us."

Copyright 2009, Journal Sentinel Inc. All rights reserved. (Note: This notice does not apply to those news items already copyrighted and received through wire services or other media.)


Play Basketball Hot Streak and win prizes!

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2009

 

 
Copyright © Bucksground.com, Inc. All rights reserved 2017.