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Bogut And Jawai In Doubt For NBA Season Start

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23 October 2008 - Australia's two representatives in America's National Basketball Association, Andrew Bogut and Nathan Jawai, are in doubt for next week's season openers.

Bogut twisted an ankle in his Milwaukee Bucks pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors in China on Saturday and aggravated it at training on Tuesday.

He has not travelled with the team for their final tune-up matches in Minnesota and Chicago.

The Bucks' regular season commences with a home game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at 11:30am AEST.

"[Wednesday] obviously is the goal, but it's a matter of how it responds in the next three or four days," Bogut said following the Bucks' annual season preview luncheon held yesterday at the Hyatt Regency.

"If it responds well, I think we'll be OK. "I just stepped on someone's foot (in Beijing), and it totally gave out on me. I got it all taped up (Tuesday) and had a good start at practice, then re-sprained it." Jawai, meanwhile, remains on the sidelines with an undefined cardiac problem that could keep him out of the Toronto Raptors lineup for another three weeks.

The problem was discovered on October 1.

The Bamaga Bohemoth, the first indigenous Australian to be drafted into the world's best league, had hoped to receive the all clear from medical staff to rejoin pre-season training at the weekend after undergoing tests with a cardiac specialist. But mentor Aaron Fearne told The Cairns Post that Jawai faced another three weeks on the sidelines before undergoing further tests.

The Raptors face the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday at 11:00am AEST in their season opener.

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