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| October 30, 2013

Category: Game Previews

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Meeting again, so soon. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Meeting again, so soon. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

It’s been 184 days since the Bucks last took the court in a meaningful basketball game (don’t kid yourself about the preseason). In that six-month span, a lot has changed. The coach has changed. The starting point guard, shooting guard, and small forward are all new. Over two-thirds of the roster is different today than it was when the Bucks lost to the Heat for the last time on April 29. The Bradley Center even has a new court design to distract the fan base pay homage to the franchise’s rich history.

But now, the first game of the new season is upon us. The 82-game trek to the playoffs or to the lottery begins here. And by here, I mean under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, because for the 29th (and what feels like the 200th) year in a row, the Bucks open the season on the road. The first true test of this new Larry Drew-led squad will come against a familiar foe, one that they encountered less than a week ago, albeit in a slightly different venue than the Resch Center. The Bucks triumphed for their first preseason victory in Green Bay, but it remains to be seen whether they can do it again.

What to Watch For: Bucks

The regular season debut of the new-look Bucks will provide an early indication of the direction the team will take this year. Some growing pains in the preseason could be attributed to a new group of teammates becoming acclimated with each other, but now it’s time to start answering some questions. Is Brandon Knight a point guard? Can O.J. Mayo be the first option on a good team? When will the John Henson Era finally begin? Why do I keep asking myself questions I can’t answer?

What to Watch For: Knicks 

Featuring: Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace, Mike Woodson’s beard:

Beard. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Beard. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Not featuring: defense, smiles, goodness.

The key to the Knicks game will be in Woodson’s use of Anthony in his lineups. Preseason experiments with Carmelo at the small forward spot next to Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler were less than ideal, and reports indicate that Woodson is prepared to start him at the power forward position he occupied for much of the last two seasons. Anthony can certainly do damage wherever he’s placed in the lineup, but the rest of the Knicks’ starters will determine how successful the team can be this year.

Injury Report

Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova (ankle, day-to-day), Brandon Knight (hamstring, day-to-day), Carlos Delfino (foot, out)

Knicks: J.R. Smith (knee, out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks:

PG Brandon Knight

SG O.J. Mayo

SF Caron Butler

PF Ersan Ilyasova

C Larry Sanders

Knicks:

PG Raymond Felton

SG Iman Shumpert

SF Metta World Peace

PF Carmelo Anthony

C Tyson Chandler

Choose the Form of the Destructor

Carmelo Anthony: Six-time All-Star, reigning NBA scoring champion (28.7 PPG), generally unstoppable basketball player.

Who did you think I was going to pick, J.R. Smith? He’s not even playing, don’t be silly.

Prediction

The Garden ain’t the Resch Center and this ain’t the preseason anymore. The Knicks have some things to figure out, but at least they have a superstar. The Bucks have things to figure out as well, but as for that superstar… maybe not so much. Knicks 97, Bucks 90

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Mitch has been a fan of the Bucks since the days of Big Dog, Ray Ray, and Sammy C. He's abnormally optimistic about the team even through the rough times and spends far too much time on the Trade Machine trying to make things better. He's 6'0" with a 5'11" wingspan and sees himself as more of a distributor than a scorer. Find him on Twitter @mitchvomhof

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  1. ben says:

    How many minutes do you think the Greek Freek will get early on, if any?

    • Mitch Vomhof says:

      I suspect (and hope) that he’ll get somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes per game, especially early in the season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get a few DNP-CDs early on, especially on the second night of back-to-backs and so on. I believe that the smart play is to ease him along and gradually introduce him to the NBA game. He showed some flashes in the preseason that are inevitably going to result in some impatience to get him out on the floor, but it seems more likely to me that the team goes the cautious route in his development.

      • JEREMY says:

        i’m thinking that we will see alot of him eventually with Caron’s previous health issues. This could be a good or bad thing for the season. We got to see more of Tobias in the same way. Whether the Greek Freak struggles or not, you gotta roll him out there and take some lumps. Now Wolters may need some D league minutes.

      • Alex says:

        I understand the point to gradually introduce him, but at some point if you want to generate excitement in this team, the dude has to play. I get he is still raw and very young, but many great players kinda get thrown into the fire, and the first few years usually has some hardship, but this leads to a stronger player later. I don’t think babying him will help him. Give him the chance and let him learn.

  2. ben says:

    Love the site guys, the first three games usually determine how much time I decide to devote to the bucks. My hope is that the style of play along with the growth of Henson and Sanders keep me a fan even through the inevitable losses. Keep up the good work, there still are a few of us Bucks fans out here. Aside from the Bucks column in the Racine Times this is the only place to get your Bucks fix.

  3. Bizzucks says:

    I loathe Carmelo Anthony. If anyone got half the calls that he gets they’d be half the “superstar” he is. At the preseason game in GB that guy could do no wrong in the refs’ eyes and it was sickening. Loathe loathe loathe the whiny baby. He’s almost as whiny as Lebron. Turrible…