Beno Udrih will miss the Milwaukee Bucks’ game Wednesday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies with a left thigh contusion suffered at practice Monday, according to the media. I’m going to just start saying “the media” when I’m referencing reports that could be reported by anyone who was in attendance at practice and listening when Coach Scott Skiles addressed the media. So here’s Skiles discussing the matter:
“Doron (Lamb) will play more,” Skiles said after practice Tuesday. “Marquis (Daniels) may play more. Memphis is a very good club, and we are going to have to play well anyways. Brandon (Jennings) and Monta (Ellis) may play more minutes even.”
Udrih has had a strong start to the season, providing efficient scoring off the bench. He and Mike Dunleavy were the offensive forces behind a big Bucks run in the second quarter that opened up an 11-point lead on the Cavs Saturday. Through two games, he’s averaged 10.5 points on 50% shooting.
Skiles said after Saturday’s game that he tried to get Lamb into the game for some offensive punch and, while Lamb failed to punch in his six minutes on the court, he thought the rookie moved around well. It doesn’t seem a stretch to predict upwards of 10-15 minutes (he played three minutes in the opener) from Lamb and maybe even more. Lamb was considered a shooting guard who would be capable of playing point guard for limited minutes around draft time.
After playing 10 minutes against Boston, Daniels was a DNP-CD against the Cavs.
Jennings spent a good portion of Saturday’s tilt handing the ball off to either Udrih or Ellis and letting them man the point guard controls while he was hounded by the defensively impressive Alonzo Gee. So don’t be surprised if Milwaukee uses some lineups that involve Ellis and Jennings on the floor separately to keep someone with a stronger resemblance to a point guard on the floor most of the time. Jennings played 36 minutes against the Cavs after a big early lead in Boston allowed him the luxury of only 29 opening night minutes in a win. Ellis averaged 36.5 minutes over the first two games.
Both starters will likely see beyond 35 minutes Wednesday.