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Monta Finally Being Monta For Bucks

MILWAUKEE – Welcome back, Monta Ellis. Welcome back to the ranks of the NBA’s one-name-only stars.

Ellis – or should we say, Monta – returned to elite-scorer status by lighting up the Atlanta Hawks for 33 points Tuesday in his best performance by far in the two weeks since he’d been traded from Golden State to Milwaukee. And that boosts the Bucks’ chances of returning to the playoffs as they chase the New York Knicks for the East’s No. 8 spot.

A natural-born scorer, Ellis’ game had been rattled by the trade and, given the lack of practice time, by the abrupt drop into the deep end of his new team’s pool. He had missed 50 of his first 76 shots in six games with the Bucks and hadn’t topped 18 points in any of them. He arrived as a 21.9 ppg guy, then played at a 12.2 ppg level, hitting bottom with a 2-of-14 performance at Madison Square Garden Monday.

That prompted a sitdown with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “He’s a little down right now because his shot isn’t going in for him,” Skiles had said before tipoff. “I told him he’s too good a player to get down.”

What the Bucks were hoping was that Ellis would ignite one of these days and stay hot long enough to carry them past the Knicks and into the postseason. Sooner being a better option than later, given the dwindling opportunities to make up ground. And that’s what Ellis did, scoring 10 points in the first quarter to spot Milwaukee to an early lead and then 17 more in the fourth to pull them from the brink of collapse.


Ankle Fracture Sidelines Bogut

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Not that they needed any, but there is more bad news for Andrew Bogut and Bucks fans after the 7-footer’s latest injury brush.

Bogut suffered a left ankle fracture in Wednesday’s game against Houston and is out indefinitely, the Bucks announced earlier tonight.

Bogut left the game in the first quarter and did not return. Bogut has played all 82 games of the regular season just once during six seasons in the league, his rookie season, after being chose with the No. 1 overall pick by the Bucks in the 2005 draft.

Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel reported that Bogut had a bad feeling about the injury after the game:

“It wasn’t good,” Bogut said. “I knew when I came down I was in some trouble. Keeping optimistic, everything’s fine with the X-ray, but that’s to be expected. I know I didn’t break a bone.

“But tomorrow’s the day of reckoning where I go under the MRI machine and find out my fate.”

… “I’m not optimistic. With my history of unlucky injuries I’m hoping this one can do me a favor and (go away). Most of my injuries are unfortunate things and this goes in the same boat as that. It’s frustrating.”

Bogut, who is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks this season, has had to deal with a series of injuries throughout his career. He’s had a major injury cost him significant time in each of his last four seasons.

He led the league in blocked shots last season playing with virtually one hand. He had surgery in April on his right elbow, the same one he  injured during an infamous April 2010 during a dunk attempt against the Suns where he landed on his own arm. That injury cost him the 2010 playoffs, when the Bucks pushed the Hawks to seven games in a first round series.

It’s a blow for the Bucks, 7-10 right now and headed to Chicago for a game against the Bulls Friday night, but one that Bucks coach Scott Skiles and his crew are used to where Bogut is concerned. They’ll have to manage without him once again.