MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez is set to play for the first time since the season opener Monday night when the defending champions visit the Utah Jazz.
Lopez was sidelined with a back injury that required him to undergo surgery on Dec. 2. The 7-footer played 70 games for the Bucks last season and averaged 12.3 points and 5 rebounds.
The Bucks announced Sunday night that Lopez and reserve guard George Hill would both return to action on Monday. Neither player is on the injury report for Monday night’s game.
In other injury-related Bucks news, reserve forward DeAndre’ Bembry will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.
Hill has missed the Bucks’ last 16 games with neck pain. He played 41 games this season and averaged 7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Bembry injured his knee when he landed awkwardly after jumping to defend a 3-point attempt Saturday night in the Bucks’ loss to Golden State. Bembry signed with Milwaukee on Feb. 16 and played eight games with the Bucks.
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