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News » Redd, Warrick healed and ready

Redd, Warrick healed and ready

Redd, Warrick healed and ready By CHARLES F. GARDNER

St. Francis - Michael Redd and Hakim Warrick were practicing again Thursday for the Milwaukee Bucks , and both should be available for the season opener Friday night in Philadelphia.

Redd had missed three straight practices due to a strained muscle in his lower back, but the shooting guard said he was feeling better. The 6-foot-9 Warrick returned to practice after missing two days due to neck spasms.

"I had a good three or four days to rest it, which was good," Redd said. "I'm glad we didn't have any games this week."

The Bucks will be the last National Basketball Association team to start the season and will open with a back-to-back set. After playing the 76ers, they will immediately return for the home opener against Detroit on Saturday night.

Warrick, a Philadelphia native, said he will have 50 to 60 friends and family members at the Wachovia Center to see his Bucks debut.

He woke up with a stiff neck earlier this week and aggravated the injury lifting weights.

"I felt pretty good today, and I think it's just going to get better with time," Warrick said.

Coach Scott Skiles said his starting lineup Friday will consist of forwards Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Kurt Thomas, center Andrew Bogut, and guards Redd and rookie Brandon Jennings.

Warrick is expected to be a key contributor off the bench and play a sixth-man role.

"I enjoy it, and I'm real comfortable with it," Warrick said. "You want to have energy and try to be a pick-me-up."

Wary of Philly: The 76ers were routed by the Orlando Magic, 120-106, on Wednesday night in a season opener for both teams in Orlando.

But Skiles is aware the Bucks have been tormented by Philadelphia, which has won five straight against Milwaukee.

"They're running a new offensive system," Skiles said of the Princeton offense used by 76ers coach Eddie Jordan. "I'm sure they just need a little time to get familiar with it all.

"For us, it's a very, very dangerous team. . . . When they get out in the open floor, they're incredibly fast and they can finish."

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