76ERS AT BUCKS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Bucks guard Brandon Jennings is averaging 20.2 points in the five games in March and looking much more like the player he was a year ago before a broken bone in his left foot suffered this past November. “People don’t realize when you have that foot injury –  my son had that foot injury and so did I,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “They’ll say, ‘He’s going to be out six weeks.’ It’s been my experience that if you’re out six weeks it’s going to take you another six. So to me a six-week injury is 12 by the time you really start getting back to who you are.”
  • With no one listed on the 76ers injury report, Collins noted how fortunate his team has been compared to the Bucks this season. “I think if you want to look throughout the league, there’s one stat that usually goes with losing and that’s player games missed due to injury,” Collins said. “When you miss key guys, it’s hard to win. When you have (Andrew) Bogut out of the lineup and Jennings out of the lineup — you’re two really key guys, the guy who’s got the ball and creating and the guy who’s the leading shot blocker in the NBA and you like to post and get on the boards — when you lose those two guys it’s a tough, tough thing for your team.”
  • Bucks forward Corey Maggette is slated to return tonight after missing the previous two games with a sore right knee. Forward Ersan Ilyasova will miss his seventh straight game with a concussion. Bucks coach Scott Skiles said Ilyasova may start riding an exercise bike early next week.
  • While not playing on Friday, the Bucks pulled into a tie in the loss column with Indiana for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Indiana and Charlotte (which beat Portland on Friday night) are both 27-38. The Bucks are 25-38.
  • The Bucks signed center Earl Barron to a second 10-day contract on Friday. Barron has averaged 4.7 rebounds and 4 points in three games with the Bucks thus far.

Rick Braun

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