The champs come to town: Bucks – Heat preview
What to Watch For: Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo hurt his ankle against the Lakers on Thursday and my world ended for about five minutes until we found out that it was only a sprain. If he’s held out of this game (a precaution that is 1000000% understandable given the actual stakes of the rest of this year), you’ll probably have to settle for watching for another Bucks loss as they attempt to win/lose this season’s tanking race with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks are currently one game worse/better than the Sixers with 10 games remaining in the season.
YOUR 2014 MILWAUKEE BUCKS: FEEL THE EXCITEMENT.
What to Watch For: Heat
They have one of the best two players on the planet, one who used to be in the top 15 until his body started to fall apart at the seams, and Chris Bosh. And Birdman Santa Claus.
Nevertheless, the Heat are gearing up for their third title run in three years and are probably more concerned with keeping their players healthy for the playoffs than putting forth full effort for the remainder of their season. Still, less than full capacity from LeBron James and a depleted Miami squad will probably be enough to make this one an easy romp.
Time – 7:30 CDT
TV – FS Wisconsin
Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Larry Sanders (fractured right orbital bone; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out), Ersan Ilyasova (not wanting to endure the rest of this season; out), Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle and the hopes and dreams of Bucks fans; doubtful), O.J. Mayo (general state of being; questionable)
Heat: Dwayne Wade (hamstring, questionable), Mario Chalmers (getting yelled at; questionable), Greg Oden (knees literally disintegrating; questionable), Ray Allen (sickened by what his original team has become; out)
PG Ramon Sessions
SG Brandon Knight
SF Khris Middleton
PF Jeff Adrien
C Zaza Pachulia
PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwyane Wade
SF LeBron James
PF Chris Bosh
C Greg Oden
Choose the Form of the Destroyer: LeBron James
Amazingly, LeBron is coming off of only his first triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) of the season. Otherwise, he’s been his typically dominant self this season while the rest of the Heat have rotated in and out around him because of various maladies. Entire encyclopedias’ worth of words have been written about his game, and if not for one Kevin Durant, he’d be cruising to his 5th MVP award. It’s easy to forget how dominant he can be if you don’t watch LeBron play every so often; this game may be worth watching just for the sheer enjoyment of watching the best player of a generation ply his trade.
Prediction: Heat 115 – Bucks 104
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