Hard fall sidelines Bucks' Bogut
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut has a broken hand, dislocated elbow and sprained wrist that will keep him out indefinitely after a hard fall in Saturday night's victory over the Phoenix Suns.
The team said yesterday it does not know when Bogut will return, but the injuries leave his availability for a potential playoff run in doubt. He has been released from the hospital.
With Milwaukee leading late in the second quarter, Bogut took a long outlet pass in for a fast break dunk. He hung on the rim afterward, was touched in the back by the Suns' Amare Stoudemire and crashed to the court. He wrenched his right elbow in ugly fashion trying to brace his fall.
Teammate Brandon Jennings said after the game that he saw Bogut's elbow "pop out."
A flagrant foul was called on Stoudemire, and he was booed loudly by Bucks fans, but television replays showed what appeared to be relatively light contact with Bogut.
"The fans didn't have a clean view of what happened," Stoudemire said. "But I think once they see the replay they'll see that there was nothing intentional."
KARL COULD MISS FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl may miss the first round of the playoffs as he recovers from cancer treatments.
Karl's life partner, Kim Van Deraa, told The Denver Post that Karl won't return in the regular season and probably will also miss the first round of the playoffs.
Karl has been fighting throat and neck cancer during the past two months. He has finished radiation treatment and is set to have his final round of chemotherapy on Wednesday.
The Nuggets have pulled into a tie with Utah for first place in the Northwest Division, along with tying the Jazz, Dallas and Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Free agent forward Joey Dorsey has signed a contract with the Toronto Raptors through the remainder of the season.