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- Bucks center Larry Sanders, who has blocked a shot in 30 consecutive games, is sick and will miss tonight’s game. Veteran Samuel Dalembert will start in Sanders’ place. Dalembert has been getting some playing time under coach Jim Boylan and had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s 117-90 victory at Detroit. Dalembert had fallen into former coach Scott Skiles’ doghouse, but Dalembert played 21 minutes Tuesday night and 19 in Saturday’s victory over Golden State. “Sam’s a veteran guy and has had a lot of success in the league,” Boylan said. “So it’s just a matter of shaking of the rust for him and getting him back into playing shape, being able to move around, catch the ball, relax; that kind of stuff. It was good for him to get the 20 minutes he got last night, so hopefully that will pay dividends for us tonight.”
- The Bucks ran into a mechanical issue with their charter plane Tuesday night and did not get back to Milwaukee until this morning. “We had to stay in Detroit last night,” Boylan said. “The plane had an issue, so we went back to the hotel, got up this morning and flew in.” The Bucks arrived in Milwaukee around 11 a.m. Boylan wasn’t sure if there would be any effect on his players. “I hope not. In the old days, they did it every game,” Boylan said. “But it disrupts your flow a little bit, but we’ll be OK. No big deal.”
- Bulls forward Carlos Boozer will be a game-time decision with a shoulder injury. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would only say that Boozer suffered the injury “in the last game,” a 93-85 victory over Charlotte on Monday. “It’s better today, so we’ll see,” Thibodeau said.
- The road team is 3-0 so far in the Bucks-Bulls season series. “That’s strange,” said Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. “There have been battled between us. It’s been a big rivalry ever since I’ve been here. Every time we play them we have their fans come here, so it’s almost like an away game, and then this year it’s been good playing them away because we’ve won both games. Maybe we can have a lot of Chicago fans tonight so we can feel like we’re on the road again.”
- Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who had 30 points in Tuesday night’s victory, was again passed over for an all-star berth Wednesday as the league picked Brooklyn center Brook Lopez to replace injured Boston guard Rajon Rondo for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game.
- Thibodeau said there was little to report as far as Derrick Rose’s continued rehabilitation from knee surgery. “I just want him to continue to work through it,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing fine.” Rose has returned to some contact drills, and Thibodeau said that has been going on since before Tuesday’s practice. He said Rose has not yet scrimmaged five-on-five.
– Rick Braun