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Larry Sanders may return Tuesday vs. Nets

Bucks center Larry Sanders participated in full practice on Monday and will be a game-time decision tomorrow in Brooklyn.

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Sanders "70-30" to play Tuesday

Life without Larry Sanders hasn't been particularly pleasant for the Milwaukee Bucks, who limped into the all-star break having lost three of four with Sanders (lower back contusion) in street clothes. Thankfully, the Bucks' most valuable player (kind of weird to say it out loud, right?) figures to be back sooner rather than later.

Charles Gardner reports that Sanders was sounding optimistic after the Bucks' practice earlier today.

"I wouldn't guarantee it but I'd probably say a 70-30 chance," Sanders said of playing Tuesday.

Sanders said he benefited greatly from the break and came to the Bucks' facility for treatment and was able to work on some shots while continuing to recuperate.

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Second opinion reveals no damage to Sanders' back

Larry Sanders sought a second opinion on his sore back, but further tests came back negative. Sanders may be out beyond the All-Star break due to soreness, however.

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Amick: Sanders injury "relatively minor"

Good news on the Larry Sanders injury front courtesy of USA Today's Sam Amick:

[F]ears that the third-year defensive specialist had fractured his back have been allayed and the injury is considered relatively minor. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet updated his status publicly. It's unclear if the league leader in blocks (3.2 per game) will play tonight at Utah, but the Bucks are breathing a sigh of relief that it's even a possibility.

Sanders is officially still listed as questionable for tonight's matchup against the Jazz, with Samuel Dalembert expected to start in his place if he's unable to go. The Bucks return home after tonight's game and will have two days off ahead of Saturday's game with the Pistons in Milwaukee. Sanders fell awkwardly in Tuesday night's loss in Denver, falling on his back and hip after a mid-air collision with Denver's Kenneth Faried.

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