Ships vs. Deers: Bucks vs Clippers Preview
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.
Time – 7:00 p.m. CST
TV – FS Wisconsin
Radio – 620 WTMJ
PG Brandon Knight
SG Luke Ridnour
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo
PF Ersan Ilyasova
C Larry Sanders
PG Darren Collison
SG JJ Redick
SF Matt Barnes
PF Blake Griffin
C DeAndre Jordan
Choose the form of the Destructor: Blake Griffin
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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