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- The Wizards have one trend they’d certainly like to keep up, having won three straight and 10 of their last 17, but another trend they’d very much like to change — a 3-21 road record. After a 4-28 start, coach Randy Wittman had an easy answer to the first trend. “Healthy bodies,” Wittman said, referring to the return of John Wall. Forward Nene also missed the first nine games of the season and four others. “You take any of your top players off any team and there are going to be struggles. That was the main thing. We got healthy, we’re getting in shape from a standpoint that John couldn’t do a lot while he was out with his injury (knee).” As for the road struggles, Wittman’s solution is also a simple one — play the way they play at home. “Nothing needs to change. We’ve go to play the same way we’ve been playing, and continue that on the road now,” Wittman said.
- Bucks center Larry Sanders will miss his third straight game with a bruised back he suffered in a hard fall last Tuesday at Denver. “I’m not feeling that much better,” Sanders said before the game. “It (the bruise) is real deep, so I’m going to get another opinion on it. I’ve never had one that really bothered me like this before.” Samuel Dalembert will start in Sanders’ place. Although Sanders is hurting badly enough to seek a second opinion, Bucks coach Jim Boylan did not rule Sanders out for Wednesday’s final game before the all-star break. “It’s been kind of day-to-day thing, so we’ll see where we stand tomorrow and Wednesday,” Boylan said. Sanders is averaging 8.5 points, a team-best 8.5 rebounds and a league-leading 3.16 blocked shots per game.
- Veteran swingman Marquis Daniels rejoined the team after missing two games last week tending to an ill relative. The Bucks also have recalled rookie guard Doron Lamb from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the Developmental League.
– Rick Braun