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Andrew Bogut returns to Milwaukee lineup Tuesday

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 28: Andrew Bogut #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks waits for a member of the Chicago Bulls to shoot a free-throw at the United Center on December 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 90-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Good news for a Bucks team that desperately needs a little lift — Andrew Bogut is expected back Tuesday night when Milwaukee hosts San Antonio, reports the Journal Sentinel (via SLAM).

Bogut had a family issue to attend to back in his native Australia and had an excused absence from the team. There is no health issue.

But the timing was rough for the Bucks — he missed the last four games of a West Coast road swing. The Bucks lost five straight. Without Bogut and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute the usually stout Bucks defense went soft. Also out due to injuries have been Beno Udrih and Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Getting Bogut back will at least be a boost as a Bucks team that has the talent to compete for one of the last playoff spots in the East but needs to find its footing. Fast.