These were long-awaited words to read from the Associated Press recap of the last night’s Bucks-Magic game in Orlando, where Andrew Bogut squared off in the paint against the Orlando Magic’s, Dwight Howard, the NBA’s top center.
“Bogut got the better of a matchup of back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks early. Bogut [the top pick in the 2005 NBA draft] made a pair of jump hooks over Howard to start the game. He then drew charges for two of the three fouls that sent Howard, the 2004 top pick, to the bench with about seven minutes left in the second quarter.
Bogut had 16 points and three rebounds in the first. Howard had only four points and six boards.”
But it wasn’t meant to last. Despite Bogut’s scoring, the Bucks were down 11 at half. When Bogut and Howard went back to work in the 2nd half, Howard turned the tables, forcing three quick fouls on Bogut in the post and sending him to the bench with four fouls for the game.
It may have been by design: Howard’s as terrible a free throw shooter as Bogut, and Bogut was beginning to realize he was done for the night. After leaving the game, Bogut headed to the locker room for x-rays on his knee, according to AP. Bogut said he had bruised the knee in the first half taking a charge, probably one of those against Howard – he didn’t specify. Howard finished with 24 pts, 13 rebs to lead the Magic to a 108-101 win. Richard Jefferson led the Bucks with 25. Bogut left the game with 16.
How badly is Bogut hurt? After the game Bogut said he’d “be OK.” Journal Sentinel’s Tom Enlund reported it as a “knee contusion” in his game blog and also reported that “the extent of the injury is unknown.”
A bruised knee is a bruised knee, unless it’s mashed so badly that there was damage to the bone or ligaments, which is what the x-rays would reveal.
How much you want to bet that Bogut’s out there playing on it Wednesday in Atlanta … Friday in Detroit the latest.
Point guard Luke Ridnour missed Monday’s game to rest his banged up and scraped up knee, suffered in Charlotte Saturday. This left the Bucks without both the starting guards they opened the season with (Michael Redd’s sitting out the road trip in Milwaukee with a high ankle sprain). Still the Bucks made it a game on Orlando’s home court, pulling to within 95-90 in the 4th quarter, and to 103-100 in the final minute.
Coach Scott Skiles said he expects Ridnour to miss only one game (the Orlando game), which means Ridnour will be expected to play in Atlanta Wednesday.
Redd injury update: “He still has some soreness,” coach Skiles said, explaining why Redd stayed behind in Milwaukee this week. Here’s an initial report on the injury from Gery Woelfel in Racine. John Hammond had told him the injury wasn’t serious and that he didn’t expected Redd to miss any games much less 12. Skiles told Journal Sentinel he is assuming Redd won’t be back on this road trip, which ends Friday in Detroit. Saturday the Bucks play Cleveland at home.
I wouldn’t expect Redd back until the Wednesday, Dec. 3 game at home against the Bulls.
Here’s video of the injury, along with the game highlights from the Bucks win over the Knicks Nov. 2.