Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders is expected to sit out through February's NBA All-Star break after suffering a fractured orbital bone, according to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn:
Coach Larry Drew said Sanders has a fractured orbital bone. Out through all-star break #bucks— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 10, 2014
Sanders was injured in the first half of Milwaukee's loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday after receiving an elbow from Rockets guard James Harden during a fight for a rebound.
Following that loss, fellow big man John Henson talked about Sanders' absence (via Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel):
I think we all pulled together. It's one of those things, but there's plenty of time for us (he and Sanders) to be back in the fold together.
I'm just hoping he gets healthy enough and is fine in the long run. He got elbowed in the eye and he's got a black eye. It's painful. It happens.
While All-Star Weekend, which takes place this coming Friday through Monday, will allow Sanders additional time to recover without missing any games, his absence is unlikely to have a major impact on the bigger picture for the Bucks, who are 9-41 through their first 50 games this season.
The Bucks sport the NBA's worst record by far and are 12.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
This is Sanders' second injury this year, having injured his thumb during a fight in a nightclub (via Adi Joseph of USA Today).
As Steve Alexander of Rotoworld notes, it's been a rough year for Sanders:
It's official. It's not Larry Sanders' year. Jeez, man.— Steve Alexander (@docktora) February 10, 2014
The 25-year-old ranks second on the team in rebounds (7.2 per game) and blocked shots (1.7 per game). However, his numbers are down from last season and he's coming off a January stretch in which he averaged just 7.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 44-percent shooting from the floor.