Beno Udrih will return from a sprained ankle suffered on November 30 when the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight, according to the Milwaukee Bucks PR Department’s Official Twitter Account:
Beno Udrih returns tonight. Bucks offense this season with Beno: 98.0 ppg and 45.1 FG% (92.2 ppg and 40.6 FG% without him).
The Journal Sentinel reported that Udrih went through practice with the team on Christmas Eve.
What’s that mean? For starters, probably fewer minutes for Doron Lamb. Lamb has handled virtually all of the backup guard duties in Udrih’s absence. In the 12 games Milwaukee was without Udrih, Lamb averaged 15 minutes per game, 3.8 points and 1 assist per game. He shot 19-for-61 (31.2%) from the field, 2-for-9 (22%) from three and 6-for-13 (46.2%) from the free throw line.
The shooting touch that was so fondly spoke of when Milwaukee drafted the rookie out of Kentucky was largely absent, as Lamb was forced to attack off the dribble and handle the ball more than anyone ever expected him to this year. It’s difficult to envision Lamb getting more than garbage time minutes for the foreseeable future, unless Scott Skiles was more excited about his play than numbers would indicate he will be.
Brandon Jennings averaged over 39 minutes per game and Monta Ellis averaged over 37 minutes per game over the same stretch. This could be an opportunity to get Udrih a few more minutes once he’s used to playing again over the next couple of weeks. He’s averaged just under 19 minutes per game this season, but given the increase in playing time both starting guards got over his absence, it’s possible Udrih could get a bump in order to get some rest for Milwaukee’s starting guards.