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Bogut returns to Bucks after missing four games


Posted Jan 10 2012 9:50PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bucks center Andrew Bogut returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after missing four games to fly home to Australia for an undisclosed personal matter.

The Bucks lost all four games that Bogut missed.

"Obviously, it was a tough road trip for the guys," Bogut said.

The center has not disclosed why he left, but said it was a family emergency that involved a hospital.

"It's something that doesn't happen to most regular people," he said. "When it does, you have to address it."

He said he appreciated team owner Sen. Herb Kohl and general manager John Hammond giving him permission to miss the games.

"I appreciate everyone else giving me my personal space," he said. "It's a tough personal issue."

Bogut is averaging 14.3 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.

Coach Scott Skiles said the coaching staff would monitor Bogut's play Tuesday against San Antonio to see if the time off affected him.

"We'll see how he plays," Skiles said. "We'll see where he's at. We'll measure how he's getting up and down the floor, and go from there."

Meanwhile, the team said starting guard Mike Dunleavy would miss another two to four weeks with a groin injury. In addition, forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (right knee tendinitis) and guard Beno Udrih (left shoulder sprain) both missed the game against the Spurs and are day-to-day.

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