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- Bucks coach Scott Skiles is shuffling his lineup tonight — some by choice and some by necessity. With the Bucks having lost five of their last six, Skiles is replacing small forward Tobias Harris with veteran Marquis Daniels and center Samuel Dalembert with Ekpe Udoh. Harris has been struggling since his big opening-night performance when he scored 18 against the Celtics. He was 1-for-9 Friday night in the loss at Minnesota. Skiles wanted to start Larry Sanders, who blocked 10 shots Friday night in his first triple-double, but said Sanders prefers to remain in his off-the-bench role. “We’ll mix things up and get things going a bit,” Skiles said.
- Beno Udrih and Mike Dunleavy, the Bucks’ top two scorers off the bench, will miss the game. Udrih is out 1-2 weeks with a sprained right ankle suffered Friday night. Dunleavy won’t play tonight and is day-to-day after getting hit in the back of the knee Friday night. “He went out a little while ago and tried to go but he can’t,” Skiles said of Dunleavy. Harris is likely to pick up some of Dunleavy’s role with the second unit, and Skiles said rookie Doron Lamb would get some of Udrih’s minutes. Veterans Drew Gooden and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute may see their first minutes of the season. Mbah a Moute has missed the first 14 games recovering from off-season knee surgery. Mbah a Moute began practicing about a week ago. “The only restriction I have is to get him out when he’s fatigued,” Skiles said. “His conditioning is such that he’s probably going to get fatigued quickly.” Mbah a Moute said he’ll probably have to condition during games simply because the Bucks don’t have many practice days available. “There’s not a lot of practice time, so they’ll just have to fit me in at some point,” Mbah a Moute said. “I’ve done a bunch of 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 to get ready. We’ll just have to try it out.”
- Jason Terry will make his 12th straight start for the Celtics. He made the first of those starts in Milwaukee three weeks ago. Although he’s starting, Terry has made much of his mark in the NBA as a sixth man. He won the Sixth Man Award in 2009. “Jason’s a pro,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s been in the league so long I don’t think anything rattles him. He’s playing great with our starting lineup. I think he’d still rather come off the bench, but he’s going to do whatever he thinks we need. He’s a pro’s pro.”
– Rick Braun