Tough week, am I right?
In the span of two days, the Bucks found out that two guys expected to be key contributors – Carlos Delfino and Larry Sanders - would miss significant portions of the season. As if the injury bug hadn’t struck them (and the rest of Wisconsin’s sports teams) enough this year, the team learned that a setback in Delfino’s recovery from a broken foot would cost him the rest of the season, while Sanders’ already-infamous nightclub incident left him with a torn thumb ligament that required surgery and a six-week recovery period. Remember when we were all talking about the crazy frontcourt depth this team had?
What to Watch For: Bucks
Brandon Knight comes in, Larry Sanders exits. The Bucks’ rotation has been a revolving door so far this season and that doesn’t figure to stop any time soon. Look for some combination of Zaza Pachulia, Ekpe Udoh, and John Henson to take their turns at the center position while the team determines who else can play without some essential body part falling off. If things keep going sideways, we might even get our first Miroslav Radulijica sighting of the year. Get hype.
What to Watch For: Heat
Spoiler alert: the Heat are a good basketball team. Like, one of the best in the league. So… watch for that, I guess? LeBron James has been his typical inhuman force despite dealing with back issues for the entirety of the young season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get most of the night off in what may end up being a pretty ugly blowout by the end.
Bucks: Larry Sanders (thumb; out), Ersan Ilyasova (sprained ankle; day-to-day), Luke Ridnour (back; day-to-day), Brandon Knight (hamstring; day-to-day)
Heat: Udonis Haslem (back, day-to-day)
PG Brandon Knight
SG O.J. Mayo
SF Caron Butler
PF John Henson
C Zaza Pachulia
PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwayne Wade
SF LeBron James
PF Udonis Haslem
C Chris Bosh
Choose the Form of the Destructor
Take your pick: LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers, Juwan Howard (disclaimer: I’m not sure if Juwan Howard is still in the league. He’s like, my dad’s age).
But it’s probably going to be Shane Battier. It’s always Shane Battier. He just hangs around in the corner, waiting for someone to throw him the ball and then BAM! – three pointer. He really sneaks up on you.
Or, ya know, this guy:
Good basketball is played, but not by the Bucks. The Bucks could use a hospital bed and some aspirin.
Heat 105, Bucks 89