MILWAUKEE (AP) -Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Yi Jianlian will miss the final eight games of the regular season with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
The Bucks made the announcement Friday night before their game against the Indiana Pacers.
Yi, the No. 6 pick in the 2007 draft, hurt his knee early in the first quarter of the Bucks' victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Coach Larry Krystkowiak was optimistic that the 20-year-old Yi would be ready to play for China in this summer's Olympics. However, he'll need two to three weeks of rest and rehabilitation before resuming basketball activities.
``The news was better than it could have been,'' Krystkowiak said.
Yi, who averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 66 games, has missed eight games since Feb. 5 with various injuries, including five from March 7-15 with a sprained right wrist.

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