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Bucks’ Larry Sanders suffers broken eye socket, out indefinitely


This has just not been Larry Sanders’ year.

The season after signing a four-year, $44 million extension he suffered torn ligaments in his thumb, something he suffered in a bar fight. He came back and argued with teammates, he never seemed to have the full trust of coach Larry Drew, although he has played better of late in the coach’s eye.

Now this.

Sanders is out indefinitely with a fractured right orbital bone, the team announced. He was injured on Saturday night in a loss to the Rockets, while at first the Bucks said he might return that game the timeline has been continually pushed back.

Sanders will see a specialist and at that point they will try to figure out when he can return, but Drew said it would be after the All-Star break. There is a wide range of healing on this injury, determined by where the break is on the face and the severity. It could b a couple of weeks, could be more than a month.

In the interim, expect to see a lot of Zaza Pachulia for the Bucks. That’s not going to win them games (not that a lot of wins should be the goal in Milwaukee at this point).

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.