Ships vs. Deers: Bucks vs Clippers Preview

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

What to Watch For: Bucks

39 games left in this godforsaken season.

Larry Drew held a closed team meeting after the Bucks’ 112-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the results of which should be evident by the way the team comes out against LA on Monday night. There is the chance that they’ll come out focused and determined with a sense of urgency and catch the Clippers napping.

Or, they may continue to trot out the lazy, uninspired mess we’ve seen all too often in the last several weeks. This is a chance for Larry Drew to show that he still holds some sway over this team and that the inmates aren’t running the asylum, so to speak. If he can’t? His seat will start heating up. Well, at least it’ll start heating up faster than it already has.

What to watch for: Clippers

Even though All-World point guard Chris Paul is out with a shoulder injury, the Clippers boast a strong offensive attack where shooters like JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford compliment strong rebounders in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Even though they don’t shoot a great percentage from 3 (34%, same as the Bucks), the second chances afforded by Griffin and Jordan keep the Clippers’ offense humming right along at 106 points per game, good for third in the league.

Seeing as how the Bucks have neither the offensive firepower nor the defensive ability to even the playing field, viewers should take this opportunity to watch how a good NBA offense works.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Brandon Knight

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Giannis Antetokounmpo

PF Ersan Ilyasova

C Larry Sanders

Clippers

PG Darren Collison

SG JJ Redick

SF Matt Barnes

PF Blake Griffin

C DeAndre Jordan

Choose the form of the Destructor: Blake Griffin

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I remember a time not too long ago when Griffin was regarded as a kind of one-trick pony in the NBA – he could jump reeeeaaaaallllyyy high and dunk the ball in really cool ways. Once he did it over a car. That was pretty neat.

Now, however, he’s turned into a dominant forward, averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds and flashing an acceptable midrange jumper that could eventually make him lethal. He’s also been on a tear since the new year, which in turn has helped propel the Clippers to the third-best scoring average in the league. The Bucks’ forwards will have their hands full trying to corral Griffin and his running mate DeAndre Jordan, especially in the battle for rebounds.

Prediction: Clippers 110 – Bucks 94

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8 Comments

  1. The only thing colder then u.p. wind chills (-36) is the Milwaukee bucks. hopefully they can at least compete tonight. clips win 104-98.

  2. Did anyone take advantage of the NBA League Pass free preview week this past week? You could pick a game… literally ANY game (all of which were a rare PLEASURE to watch!), to see how far the Bucks are from being even mildly competitive. Depressing? Yeah. Even Sacramento…. Even Utah…. Even Philly, are light years ahead of where the Bucks are right now in the execution of their plan. What actually is our plan?

    112-94 Clippers.

    • Commentary on NBA TV from Dennis Scott: The Jazz have been playing much better with Trey Burke, because a good point guard makes a big difference.

      • Watching guys like Chris Paul, Burke, and one of my personal favorites, Ty Lawson, I’d have to agree with that comment. With a guy like that and a coach who can develop them properly, your team always has a chance.

  3. itll be interesting to see how the freak handles the length and tenacity of barnes’ defense, not that ill actually watch the game…

  4. One thing that any coach can do is play the guys who are really giving effort and playing team basketball, and sit the ones who aren’t — unless we don’t have five guys on the team with the right kind of attitude. Then we’re really in trouble.
    Remember Coach Dale in “Hoosiers” when he only played four guys and the ref came over and said he was lacking a fifth: “My team is on the floor.” Really, all one needs to know about basketball is in that movie. At the very least, it’s a good break from following the Bucks.

  5. Drew seat might get hot if he can’t get the players to put a professional level of play on the floor…’?
    I just watched Drew’s last post game interview (I hope!)

    The uninspired and lazy efforts continued against the Clippers tonight..down as much as 36 in the 4th. Time for change at the helm. How clearly demonstrated is the inability of Drew to get the players attention-this needs to be over. NOW!

    • Only reason I disagree is that I don’t think Kohl would be willing to pay a guy to coach the team, and pay another guy not to coach the team. Especially for multiple years.