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Steve Novak expected to miss remainder of season with sprained MCL

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Steve Novak's tenure in Milwaukee has taken an unfortunate turn.

The Bucks announced Sunday afternoon that Novak is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a sprained MCL in his left knee, an injury he sustained in Saturday's 102-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit's Reggie Jackson collided with Novak in the fourth quarter and sent him to the floor. Novak was then carried to the locker room by teammates.

Novak said after the game that he didn't see Jackson coming.

"I didn't see where the action came from," Novak said. "I knew I got hit with something and my knee turned in the wrong way. It just took my leg out.

"At first it was just real throbbing. I could just feel something was hyperextended, torn or sprained. I definitely knew it was something right away."

Luckily, Novak, 32, has never sustained any significant injuries during his NBA career. The former Marquette star and Brown Deer alum is staying positive.

"It's my 10th year and I've never been hurt, so I'll take that. I had to get hurt at some point.

"It's something I can come back from."

The Bucks signed Novak on Monday to add some much needed shooting off the bench. He only played three games for the Bucks, however, it looked like he was starting to get into a rhythm. The team will make a decision this summer whether or not to retain him next season.