Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders is making great strides this season as the starting center but that progress could be halted after he suffered a back injury against the Denver Nuggets in Tuesday night’s 112-104 loss. Will Sanders be able to suit up against the Utah Jazz?
The 24-year-old is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game with a “relatively minor” back injury that occurred when he took a dreadful fall in the fourth quarter against the Nuggets. Sanders went up to try and block Kenneth Faried’s dunk attempt but fell hard against the floor. It was certainly a moment of concern when Sanders stayed down for several minutes. However, he was eventually able to walk off the court with the help of others. He injured his back and right hip on the play but thankfully, several tests came back negative.
The Bucks will need Sanders in uniform against the Jazz to help them win in Utah for the first time since 2001. However, after backup center Samuel Dalembert’s unbelievable record performance (35 points, 12 rebounds) maybe the Bucks will be alright after all.
Sanders currently leads the NBA in blocks per game (3.16) and total blocks on the season (142). Sanders’ 3.16 blocks per game is 0.31 better then Serge Ibaka who ranks second in the league.
Those blocks go along with other career highs so far this season including points (8.5), rebounds (8.5), free-throw percentage (.577), field goal percentage (.525) and minutes (24.4) per game. Sanders is clearly a huge part of what Milwaukee has been able to do on offense as well as defense this season. If the Bucks are able to keep pace and clinch a playoff berth, Sanders’ stellar defensive instincts could be what motivates the team to get all the way to the conference finals.