Category: Game Previews
Andrew Bogut won’t be with the Milwaukee Bucks as they take on the Sacramento Kings this evening according to Bogut’s Australian manager Bruce Kaider (H/T Frank Madden).
”It’s personal so we are certainly not going to make it public, but Andrew needed to deal with it and will be mostly likely back on court in a couple of days,” he said.
Shoulders across Milwaukee are sagged in anticipation of another Milwaukee Bucks Brickfest without Bogut.
Sacramento offers the possibility of a more welcoming road venue though. Through seven games the Kings rank 27th in the league in defensive rating, allowing 109.6 points per 100 possessions. The Kings defense could be the water the Bucks have needed so badly in this desert of missed shots their trip West has been.
Drew Gooden is coming off a productive if uneven performance against the Utah Jazz. Though he finished with a robust 24 points and 12 rebounds, Gooden makes a number of plays each game uncustomary of a player capable of such gaudy stat lines. The obvious fouls when he’s beat on defense. A three-point attempt. Desparate attempts to draw fouls 22-feet from the hoop that end in him airballing a shot. These are all typical Gooden moves that detract from his solid rebounding and scoring abilities.
He’ll likely get the nod at center again after an uneven first three games of the season. This season we’ve seen Gooden play poorly, get suspended, not play at all and post a very good stat line. Expectations for Gooden can’t be too high or too low coming into this evening. If the world were perfect, he’d seize this opportunity and turn in a more even performance with fewer mental mistakes, even if that led to fewer points.
When Bogut returns, a more confident, comfortable Gooden would be a nice asset to pair with him in the front court. Talent wise, that’s Milwaukee’s best best right now. But the luck it may require to have both of them functioning fully hasn’t hung around the Milwaukee Bucks organization much the past season and a half.
Watch This Guy Not Other Guys
- Marcus Thornton
Thornton, the recipient of a a four-year deal worth approximately $31-33 million over the past off-season, has been the Kings most consistent offensive player early on this season, only once failing to score at least 14 points and hitting a three in every game. After coming over in February from the Hornets last season, Thornton bumped his points per game average by better than 13 points and has kept pace this season. He doesn’t get to the line or pass a ton, but he can get points.
In this game, that might make him unique.
The Kings shot 32.6% against the Nuggets yesterday and are playing their third game in three nights. John Salmons is some how worse than he was last season, but he still hasn’t been as bad as Stephen Jackson. It seems like it should be only a matter of time before that sentence isn’t true any more. DeMarcus Cousins may have earned back his starting spot after a big effort (9-12 FG, 26 points in 24 minutes) in defeat in limited minutes off the bench.
Joining Bogut on the injury list tonight will be Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and possibly Beno Udrih (h/t Jim Paschke).
Check out TrueHoop Network Sacramento Kings blog Cowbell Kingdom for more, including a 3-on-3 with yours truly later today.