Bucks’ Mason undergoes thumb surgery

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) - Milwaukee Bucks forward Desmond Mason on Saturday underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Curt Crimmins at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon.

Mason is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.

The athletic swingman suffered the injury late in the first half of Wednesday’s 102-89 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Mason, 30, has appeared in 25 games - all starts - for the Bucks this season, averaging 8.0 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Guards Charlie Bell and Royal Ivey likely will see increased playing time during Mason’s absence.

The 6-5 Mason has averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in parts of eight season with the Bucks, New Orleans Hornets and Seattle SuperSonics.

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Updated Saturday, Dec 22, 2007