Bucks' Simmons misses game with bruised heel

MINNEAPOLIS -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Simmons sat out
the preseason opener on Wednesday night against Minnesota with a
bruised right heel.

Simmons averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Bucks last
season in his first year in Milwaukee after signing a five-year, $47
million contract.

A team spokesman said the injury doesn't appear serious and
Simmons is listed as day-to-day.

Ruben Patterson, acquired in a trade with Denver for Joe Smith
in August, started in his place.