Marc Gasol returned on Tuesday. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Marc Gasol returned on Tuesday. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

December 23 was the last day the Bucks lost and lost by fewer than nine points. Since that day, the Bucks have played nine games, lost eight games and lost by nine or more in each of those losses. The Bucks have been bad all season, but we’re seeing a whole new side of bad now. If the Bucks make it through this game without any ejections or in-fighting, that’s the new measure of success.

John Henson will probably play 30 minutes, which will at least be something different, as he’s been out most of the new year. The combination of him and Larry Sanders is still one we haven’t seen often, but we should have ample exposure against a hulking Grizzly front line on Wednesday. But that may all be for naught when Sanders gets kicked out 45 seconds after tip when someone on the Grizzlies asks him why he has a glove on his hand.

I guess you’ll be fortunate to watch the Bucks at all. Here in 2013 2014, it’s a privilege to be able to watch the basketball team in your city on television.

What to watch for: Grizzlies

Marc Gasol is back! He returned from a knee injury against the Thunder with 12 points in Memphis’s 90-87 victory. Gasol is a load and a clever passer both from the low post and the high post. He’ll find at least one cutter backdoor against the Bucks on Wednesday and he’ll probably do it more than that.

Gasol will be paired again with Zach Randolph, who is certain to bully Sanders into a technical foul. Then we’ll be subjected to everyone’s opinion on Larry Sanders, which will either be: HE IS OUT OF CONTROL AND THAT’S ENOUGH or HE’S GOT FIRE or HE’S WORKING ON IT, GET OFF HIS BACK.

Regardless of his temper, based on how he’s actually played this season when he’s been playing (9.2 PER) Sanders already looks destined to go down in the history books as another Bucks mistake … and he hasn’t started his contract yet.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin (for once)

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Brandon Knight

SG Khris Middleton

SF Giannis Antetokounmpo

PF Ersan Ilyasova

C Larry Sanders

Grizzlies

PG Michael Conley

SG Courtney Lee

SF Tayshaun Prince

PF Zach Randolph

C Marc Gasol

Choose the form of the Destructor: Jon Leuer

Leuer, launching. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Leuer, launching. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Against the Pistons on January 5, he scored 23 points on 8-13 FG (2-2 3FG) with eight rebounds. He’s only received modest playing time in the last three games and with Gasol’s return, his playing time may be even more limited going forward, but this seems as good of a night as any for him to play well again. The Bucks are pathetically terrible and surely every player in the league is looking forward to the opportunity to earn some minutes with a big night against them.

Leuer used to play at Wisconsin and for the Bucks, so he’s potentially got more motivation than the average player along with that same knowledge that the Bucks are a door mat, waiting to be trampled. Here come the mid-range jumpers.

Prediction: Grizzlies 117 – Bucks 79