It is more than freezing cold outside. The Milwaukee Bucks will give you hot chocolate and $13 off your ticket if you come tonight. I’ll also give you a handshake for being so brave when I visit you at the hospital where you’ll inevitably be forced by pneumonia because you just had to see Andrew Bogut’s return.
What to Watch For: Bucks
Watch OJ Mayo and form opinions about his waist size. Watch Larry Sanders and Gary Neal’s interactions very closely to see if you can pick up signs of discontent. Watch the Bucks like you watched those new episodes of Arrested Development. Look for all the subtleties and hidden … jokes? Except you won’t be doing this for fun, you’ll be looking for reasons why the Bucks are bad.
This season is a blast.
What to Watch For: Warriors
Tonight will be the first game that Bogut has played in the Bradley Center since it’s been the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Also since he’s been on teams that are not the Milwaukee Bucks. He loves being on the Warriors because they are very good and have a bunch of very good players. He doesn’t have to kill himself anymore and he can focus on defense. He isn’t the first option on offense, but it seems like he’s more than okay without having to carry that burden.
He did have some kind things to say about Milwaukee after the Warriors shootaround today:
“I think I grew into a man here,” Bogut said. “This is a big part of my life. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life. I came here as a 20-year-old kid and left here when I was 27.”
He sounds like a guy who is enjoying a nearly unprecedented run of good health, the warm weather of California, a team with a new owner willing to spend like crazy on talented players who want to play for the team and playing with Stephen Curry. Good for Bogut. He’ll probably block five shots and take two charges against the Bucks.
Time – 7:00 p.m. CST
TV – FS Wisconsin (local)
Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: John Henson (ankle; out), Zaza Pachulia (foot; out), Carlos Delfino (foot surgery; out)
Warriors: Jermaine O’Neal (wrist; out), Draymond Green (ankle; questionable), Festus Ezeli (knee; out)
PG Brandon Knight
SG Luke Ridnour
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF Ersan Ilyasova
C Larry Sanders
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andre Iguodala
PF: David Lee
C: Andrew Bogut
Jeremy’s For Recreational Purposes Only Prediction (aka Betsketball)
Line: Warriors -10
The Warriors may score 200 points by themselves.
Warriors -10, over 200
Record: 21-23 (8-14 ATS and 13-9 over/under)
Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Stephen Curry
What’s fun about Stephen Curry, rather, one of the many things that is fun about Stephen Curry, is how fragile he looks. He’s very thin and in the picture above, his legs look no thicker than than a few rulers taped back-to-back. He’s been hurt quite a bit, so there’s always that thought lingering in your mind that something could go wrong. So when he gets on one of his crazy hot streaks, it feels special.
But it’s almost not even special when Curry goes crazy from deep anymore. He’s hit five or more threes nine times in 33 games this season. He’s a national treasure and more exciting than any Bucks player most of us have seen in our lifetime, with the possible exception of Ray Allen in his Bucks prime. He will have 30 points against the Bucks, if he decides he wants 30 points. More likely, he’ll have 18 and the Warriors will still win by 15 points.