CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- After a strong first
half, rookie Emeka Okafor hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday
when his Charlotte Bobcats host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Okafor, who averaged 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds before the
All-Star break, was bothered by a sprained left ankle prior to
He missed five games earlier this month and then re-aggravated
the injury in his return outing vs. the Miami Heat on February
11 and sat out the next three.
Without Okafor in their first-half finale, the Bobcats posted a
94-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Kareem Rush
led five players in double figures with 20 points and Primoz
Brezec added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The win snapped Charlotte's seven-game losing streak, including
three in a row at home.
The Bucks had won five of six games before dropping a pair
heading into the break, including a 108-90 loss to the New York
Knicks on February 16.
Toni Kukoc scored 20 points, but Milwaukee struggled without
leading scorer Michael Redd, who sat out his third straight game
with a sprained left index finger.
With five days of rest, Redd should be ready to go Tuesday.
Redd scored 27 points in a 99-92 win over Charlotte on January
17, the first meeting between the teams.