BUCKS BEAT: Bogut is back but Dunleavy will be out for a while

2012-01-10T13:43:00Z 2012-04-13T12:25:17Z BUCKS BEAT: Bogut is back but Dunleavy will be out for a whileGERY WOELFEL Gwoelfel@journaltimes.com Journal Times
January 10, 2012 1:43 pm  • 

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks will have Andrew Bogut back in the starting lineup Tuesday night against San Antonio at the Bradley Center.

They won't, however, have Mike Dunleavy.

Bogut, who had missed the last four games because of a family issue in Australia, took part in a Bucks' shootaround Tuesday morning and declared he was ready to play again.

Bogut, who met with a horde of reporters following the shoot around, refused to disclose the specifics of his absence.

"I'm not a guy that has ever taken a leave from the team before, for any other reason but an injury,'' Bogut said. "This is the first time I've ever had to ask to go home and, hopefully, it's the last.''

Bogut, who left the team last Tuesday, said he was happy to be back with the team, and his teammates were equally delighted to see him.

The Bucks lost all four of the games Bogut missed.

"It's great having him with us again,'' Bucks forward Carlos Delfino said of Bogut, who had averaged a double-double of 14.3 points and 10 rebounds through the first four games this season. "He's our best player. We missed him badly.''

While Bogut is set to go again, Dunleavy isn't. The veteran swingman has been sidelined with a groin-related injury. Dunleavy, whom the Bucks signed as a free agent over the summer, was at the shootaround but admitted he isn't going to be suiting up any time soon.

"It'll be a couple of weeks, at least,'' Dunleavy said. "It's more weeks than days.

"It's tough. but I just have to let it rest and heal and get treatment.''

Dunleavy started at small forward the first three games this season, averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4 assists as the Bucks posted a 2-1 record.

Dunleavy said he wasn't sure how he got injured or the exact nature of his injury.

"It's complicated,'' Dunleavy said. "The medical people would have to explain it. I want to get back out there, but you have to roll with the punches and get healthy again.''

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