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Gross: Bucks – Pistons preview

| March 31, 2014

Category: Game Previews

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He probably missed this layup.

He probably missed this layup.

What to watch for: Bucks

Another win? Maybe. Possibly. This game is arguably the Bucks best chance at a win in the team’s remaining nine games (yes … only nine games left … the end is near). The Pistons have been awful as of late, going 4-18 over their last 22 games including an embarrassing 25-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. Opponents are averaging 106 points per game against the Pistons over that span, thanks in large part to the major defensive deficiencies of Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and our lovely Brandon Jennings. Speaking of …

What to watch for: Pistons

… Brandon Jennings is still awful, y’all! Pop the bubbly that has been pouring since the Bucks traded Jennings to the Pistons on a warm July night.

Over the same 22 game span as noted above, Jennings is averaging 11.1 points, 6.8 assists and 1.7 turnovers on 35.4 percent (3.9-for-10.9) (hahahah) shooting from the field and 32.5 percent (1.8-for-5.5) (hahahahahahaha) from 3-point range. Jennings shot over 40 percent just five times in the span. He’s struggling hardcore, much to the delight of Bucks fans and John Hammond, who clearly won the trade with the Pistons as Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton both appear to be superior players to Jennings … and neither of them just signed a 3-year, $25 million contract like Captain $wag.

(Editor’s note: Jon likes his grapes extra sour)

So while the Bucks have the worst record in the league, it’s good to know that things could be a lot worse. Brandon Jennings could be on the team.

Logistics

Time – 6:30 PM CDT

TV – FS-Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Larry Sanders (fractured right orbital bone; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out), Ersan Ilyasova (life; out), O.J. Mayo (new buffet down the street; questionable)

Pistons: Chauncey Billups (knee; out), Josh Harrellson (knee), Charlie Villanueva (back; questionable)

Projected Lineups

Bucks:

Brandon Knight

Ramon Sessions

Khris Middleton

Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia 

Pistons:

Brandon Jennings

Kyle Singler

Josh Smith

Greg Monroe

Andre Drummond

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Andre Drummond

Dinner-with-Andre

My Dinner with Andre (1981)

Andre Drummond is one of the few bright spots on the Pistons.

The 20-year old, 6-foot-10 center is a force on both ends of the floor and, unfortunately for the rest of the league and Central Division, he seems destined to only get better. He’s averaging an absurd 13.0 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game on 62.1 percent shooting (although he’s shoots just 42.5 percent from the charity stripe). He’s big, quick, skilled and a dangerous, dangerous player who will most likely find himself on All-NBA teams in the near future. Hopefully he takes a night off from this All-NBA potential tonight.

Prediction: Bucks 104 – Pistons 92

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Jon Hartzell is a writer/producer at NBA.com who likes the Bucks.

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  1. Ben says:

    Thanks for providing a few chuckles in an unchuckleless bucks season.

  2. canadabucks says:

    Drummond is part of the defensive problems too, as noted in BrewHoop the Pistons are much better defensively with Andre sitting.

  3. gregmag says:

    Is there a reason you guys haven’t listed Nate Wolters in the injury reports of these last couple of previews?

    I’m very much enjoying the cocktail of mirth and bitterness that you guys have been serving up. It fits the moment perfectly.

  4. Mitch Vomhof says:

    smh at Jon disregarding the sanctity of positions in projected lineups.