Monday , Feb , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Redd eyeing return for Bucks

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks can use just about anything right now
to help them exorcise their 2007 demons.

The new year hasn’t been so kind to the struggling Bucks, but the return of
star guard Michael Redd should be what the doctor ordered. Milwaukee is
only 3-17 since the ball dropped in Times Square, while Redd has missed the
last 18 games with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

Redd suffered the injury in a loss to the division-rival Cleveland Cavaliers
on January 5, and the team is just 3-15 without him. Redd still leads the team
in scoring (27.7), free throw percentage (84.1) and three-point percentage
(35.5). He expects to play against mighty Dallas on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee could use some extra help against a Western Conference opponent
after dropping its last eight games versus teams outside of the East.
Denver handed the Bucks a 109-102 setback on Saturday, and was lucky to
escape on top thanks to Milwaukee’s ineptitude to score.

The Bucks fought hard all night and eventually tied the game at 102 apiece
with less than two minutes to go. However, they never scored again and the
Nuggets reeled off the last seven points.

Before the loss to Denver, Bucks forward Ruben Patterson was averaging 27.5
points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals over the previous two games.
He then posted 13 points in the loss to the Nuggets.

Point guard Earl Boykins injured his right thumb in last Thursday’s loss to
the Hornets, but has blocked out the pain with a splint. Boykins burned
Denver, his former team, for 26 points and is averaging 21.5 points and 5.4
assists since the Bucks traded for him last month.

Milwaukee is last in the Central standings and will host Dallas on Tuesday
before traveling to Boston on Wednesday. Maybe the Bucks can pull out a
victory against the Celtics, who haven’t won since early January.