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John Henson appears OK after leaving game with knee injury

The Bucks' lottery pick suffered a scare when Mike Dunleavy fell into the back of his leg in the second half of Tuesday's loss in Chicago.

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The Bucks may have lost their first preseason game in Chicago on Tuesday, but the bigger concern for most Bucks fans after the game was the possibility of losing John Henson, too. A scary-looking knee injury sent the rookie limping to the locker room in the second half, but Charles Gardner reports that early indications are that the injury isn't a serious one.

Henson was smiling in the locker room after the initial tests on his left leg indicated no serious injury.

He got caught in a pileup as he went for an offensive rebound off a missed free throw by Dalembert.

"I really don't know what happened," Henson said. "My knee went back and I was scared for a little bit. But ultimately the doctor checked me out twice, and he said everything was rock solid."

Mike Dunleavy was bumped and fell into Henson's leg as he was waiting for a rebound in the paint, causing an ugly pileup under the hoop. But Henson eventually walked to the bench for a quick exam and then limped to the locker room under his own power, which was the first indication that the injury wasn't as serious as it easily could have been.

Henson will be examined again today and hopefully that will be the end of it, though it's unclear if he'll be available for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies. The Bucks are already managing without Ekpe Udoh, who banged up his knee a week ago against the Cavs. Udoh is expected back soon and the Bucks are hardly shorthanded up front, but no one wants to see a rookie like Henson missing valuable reps in the preseason. Fellow rookie Doron Lamb is already in that boat, having torn a ligament in his elbow right before camp officially started.