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Bucks' Bogut expected to start in season opener

10/30/2006 - NBA Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks + more

MILWAUKEE -- Bucks center Andrew Bogut is expected to start
Milwaukee's season opener at Detroit on Wednesday night after
rejoining practice over the weekend.

Bogut, the top pick in the 2005 NBA draft, was diagnosed with a
lower left leg sprain after he banged his leg into teammate Steve
Blake's knee during a scrimmage Oct. 7. The injury originally was
expected to sideline him six to eight weeks.

But Bogut returned to the court last week to shoot and do some
individual drills, then practiced over the weekend.

After taking part in a full practice Monday, Bogut said he
should be ready for the season opener.

"About Wednesday I did a fitness test and passed it," Bogut
said. "I did a full session Saturday and a full session today, and
I'm feeling fine."

He said his goal since the injury was to return in time for the
opener.

"It was more of a challenge to try to get back quicker," he
said. "Three weeks is good enough for me."

Coach Terry Stotts said he expected to use Bogut in the starting
lineup, with Brian Skinner and Dan Gadzuric as reserves.

The rest of the starting lineup is expected to include guards
Michael Redd and Mo Williams and forwards Ruben Patterson and
Charlie Villanueva.

Forward Bobby Simmons has been sidelined with a heel injury.