Bogut eases back into action

Bogut eases back into action

Andrew Bogut has taken to the floor for the Milwaukee Bucks in just his second game back from injury today, playing 21 minutes and finishing with eight points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in a losing effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-77.

The playing time was lifted from the 15 minutes he tallied against Minnesota for his first official return four days ago, the Bucks going down 114-109. He finished that contest with 11 points (3/3 FG, 5/6 FT) and five rebounds.

Only last week, Bogut conceded that he was unlikely to be at 100 per cent when the NBA tips off next week, and he is also unlikely to be at full fitness for the entire season.

The horrific injury that saw him miss the entire post-season and kept him sidelined for the off-season with a sprained elbow and broken hand has given him all sorts of problems even off the basketball court. But there are signs that things are improving quickly.

“It was only five or six months ago that I had one of the most gruesome injuries people have seen, and it’s a long rehab,’’ he told the press. “It’s been very frustrating because even though you can’t play basketball, you can’t do a lot of daily activities, too. You can’t eat properly. You can’t write. You can’t get on the computer.

“It was a frustrating time for me. To be on the court running around right now is just a blessing.’’

Bogut was expected to take to the floor earlier in the week against the Memphis Grizzlies but pulled out an hour before tip-off complaining of a migraine. Bogut performed warm-ups before the contest with his injured hand placed in glove, before leaving the floor. He was also protected by a shooting sleeve.

Milwaukee kick off their NBA season against New Orleans October 27 on the road.