The Milwaukee Bucks have had to make do without Michael Redd often against the Washington Wizards over the past two years. Their star scorer, however, should be available to try and continue his surge when the Bucks and Wizards meet Monday night.
Redd has missed four of the Bucks’ last six games versus the Wizards (7-29) due to various injuries. A sprained ankle kept him out against Washington on Nov. 5, but the Bucks (18-21) got 32 points from Richard Jefferson in a 112-104 overtime win.
Redd went on to miss 13 more games and has had some trouble getting back into a grove, shooting 43.6 percent. However, he’s scored 30 points or more in three of his last six games and is averaging 27.8 on 50.6 percent shooting in his last four contests.
Redd had 32 points against Minnesota on Saturday night, but missed a chance to tie the game in the final 9 seconds as Milwaukee lost 106-104 to one of the league’s worst teams.
The Bucks have lost three straight on the road, where they are 7-15 on the season.
Along with Redd’s big game, the return of Andrew Bogut was a bright spot for Milwaukee against the Timberwolves. The center had 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench after missing four games with a back injury.
Bogut, who was hurt when taking a charge against Houston on Dec. 31, is averaging 11.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.0 block a contest. He’s averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 boards in his last two games at Washington.
The Wizards are coming off their second straight road loss, 92-89 to Charlotte on Saturday night.
Washington has dropped four straight overall, the last three against teams with losing records, and has the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
“We’ve got the weather through it,” Wizards forward Caron Butler told the team’s official Web site. “It’s bad weather right now. You’ve got to stay positive some how some way. You’ve just got to soul search and stay professional. … The crowd is still positive. They’re rooting us on and standing behind us, and that’s always positive. Our effort and energy need to continue to be great.”
Antawn Jamison came out of the game with a minute left in the first half Saturday after banging knees with another player, but he was back on the floor when the second half started and is expected to play Monday.
Jamison is averaging 20.4 points and Butler 20.0, but the duo is getting little help. Washington has scored 89.7 points per game during its skid.
Rookie center JaVale McGee gave the Wizards a spark against the Bobcats, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in 19 minutes after spending the previous four games on the bench. Washington wants the 7-footer, who started 13 games earlier this season, to be more disciplined within the offense.