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Further tests reveal no damage to Larry Sanders' back, may rest beyond All-Star break

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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According to a tweet from Racine Journal Times writer Gery Woelfel, the second opinion sought by Larry Sanders on his injured back revealed no damage:

Initial x-rays were negative and the early diagnosis of Sanders' injury suggested it was not serious, but lingering soreness over a week later prompted he and the Bucks to seek further examination.

The All-Star break certainly comes at a good time for Milwaukee, giving their defensive centerpiece a chance to recover and the team some time to regroup after losing 6 of their final 8 games in the first half of the season.

The Bucks face Brooklyn in a home-and-home series next Tuesday and Wednesday. Sanders has averaged 9 points and 9 rebounds in Milwaukee's previous 2 games against the Nets (both victories). If Sanders is still less than 100%, Milwaukee could choose to hold him out of that series, giving him an extra half-week of rest before a Saturday game against the Atlanta Hawks.