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Sanders an early force for Bucks

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012

Sanders is also impressing his coach, who has noticed the more consistent player and given him more playing time.

"It was never a case of if Larry could have a good game," coach Scott Skiles said. "It was always could he follow it up and have another good game and another good game. He's one of those guys that really about all he has to have is energy and focus in a game and he'll get something done. He'll block a shot, he'll rebound the ball and be around the basket. He'll get a dunk."

Skiles said this year Sanders is not trying to do too much when he gets the ball.

"He gets the ball near the basket and instead of dribbling too much and trying to make multiple moves, he's keeping it simple," Skiles said. "He's sticking with his jump hook or dunking the ball. He's been able to do both of those things. He's caught more balls than he's caught in the past and been able to finish."

Sanders has even impressed opposing coaches. Boston coach Doc Rivers said Sanders is type of player every coach would like to have on his team.

Sanders has scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Bucks' two games against Boston so far this season.

"He has that aggressiveness and energy that all coaches love to see," Rivers said. "He seems to have more confidence this year and it is paying off for him on the court."