It’s GROUNDHOG DAY: Bucks – Grizzlies Preview

Courtesy of @jhartzell2, Jon Hartzell.
Courtesy of @jhartzell2, Jon Hartzell.

Larry Drew has a problem. He’s trapped in a never ending cycle of effortless losses during which his team trailed by at least 20 points and he can’t figure out how to get out.  Every night, after each loss, the next more crushing and demoralizing than the last, he has to answer the same questions from what may as well be a faceless gang of reporters trying to figure out why his team keeps losing. The problem? He doesn’t know why either.

But Larry just may figure it out … and learn something about himself along the way.

This winter, Larry Drew stars in: Postgame Press Conference Night.

What to Watch For: Bucks

What to watch on this team? This team? What to watch? Nothing, right now anyway.

Just go check out our recent recaps, but be sure to grab a tissue first. It’s a sad, epic story told in multiple parts.

Magic: The Second Worst Team Is Way Better Than The Worst

Suns: The Team Milwaukee Wanted To Be

Clippers: Holy Cow Having Superstars Looks Fun

Hawks: THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE ANYONE HEALTHY

Times have been exceptionally sad of late.

What to Watch For: Grizzlies

They got some dudes who can beat teams up. Marc Gasol is healthy, having made his return the day before Memphis played the Bucks in January. He’s looking good and the Grizzlies are looking like a legitimate playoff team once again. Zach Randolph still Z-Bos and adding ninja James Johnson has worked out quite nicely to give them some more punch off the bench.

They may hold the Bucks under 70 points.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: John Henson (wrist; questionable), O.J. Mayo (illness; did not travel), Ekpe Udoh (ankle; did not travel), Zaza Pachulia (foot; out), Carlos Delfino (foot surgery; out)

Grizzlies: Mike Conley (hamstring; left Friday’s game, is playing against the Bucks so may take night off), Tony Allen (hand; out), Quincy Pondexter (foot; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Nate Wolters

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Ersan Ilyasova

Larry Sanders

Grizzlies:

PG Mike Conley (??)

SG Courtney Lee

SF Tayshaun Prince

PF Zach Randolph

 Marc Gasol

Choose the Form of the Destructor: Marc Gasol

No need to jump. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
No need to jump. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

I love that Marc Gasol rarely jumps when he shoots. He’s so big. He has so much touch. He’s a statue come to life with enough lateral movement to block shots and play his position very effectively. He communicates like he’s in the tower and his other Grizzly teammates are pilots circling the court. He tells them where to be, what to expect and how to handle it.

Then they do it. Then the Grizzlies win.

Prediction: Grizzlies 99 – Bucks 63

Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in…

3 Comments

  1. Posting during SuperBowl coverage,as I don’t give a crAp about Manning or Wilson…..they can both go jump in a lake hand in hand.
    Jeremy…whoa was your prediction off-although you did get Griz 99 correct, BUCKS shocked us all with an offensive outburst of 49 in first half. Gasol,not the destructor but still very destructive.
    Nice to see a BUCKS game thats worthy of watching into late game minutes. I sense a small two game WIN streak coming before the break.