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Larry Sanders expected back "within a few days"

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Writing after the Utah game on Wednesday, Charles Gardner reports that Larry Sanders was hoping to be back "within a few days" from the injured lower back that held him out of Wednesday's loss in Utah.

"There's no structural damage; he's just got a bruise," Boylan said. "There was an X-ray taken last night that really didn't show much. So we were just waiting until this morning where we could get a more detailed image.

"I don't know if there was any sort of hand-wringing or anything like that. We were concerned about Larry. He was uncomfortable. He got hurt; it was a big fall. We were just making sure everything was as right as it could be. We didn't want to say anything until we absolutely knew what the situation was."

At this point it's unclear if Sanders will be fit for Saturday's home game against the Pistons, though it sure would be convenient if he was. Detroit's size caused the Bucks fits in two losses earlier this season before Brandon Jennings' third quarter explosion earned Milwaukee a much-needed win in Detroit two weeks ago.

Sam Dalembert would once again start at center if Sanders is out on Saturday, though the Utah game offered another example of how important Sanders is to the Bucks' success. The Bucks are 1-2 in Sanders' absence this season, having lost by double-digits to the Jazz and Bulls without him in the past two weeks.