The champs come to town: Bucks – Heat preview

Having flashbacks? John Henson might be. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Having flashbacks? John Henson might be. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.


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.

BIRDMAN BIRDMAN (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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

Injury Report

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)

Projected Lineups


PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia


PG Mario Chalmers

SG Dwyane Wade

SF LeBron James

PF Chris Bosh

 Greg Oden

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: LeBron James

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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  1. Ah, Mitch, it’s nice to see how you can gush over a player you truly like. The problem for me — in this new era of friendly sarcasm inaugurated by Jeremy — is that I’m a big Giannis fan myself, so I’m reluctant to gainsay you in any major way.
    Still, I will point out that once we leave behind the occasional burst of the spectacular, as well as the speculative world of exciting but untapped potential, that Giannis is having a fraction of the year of Khris in terms of actual results.
    Underneath your skeptical and craggy exterior, you seem to really think it’s okay to coddle your pet player but then act as an unsentimental critic of others. If only you (and Jeremy, and maybe KL and Ian) would drop the charade of critical objectivity, then your credibility would be much enhanced (at least with this quirky commenter).
    So now you can let me have it if it’s worth your while — though mostly if not entirely in good fun, right? (Just to be totally clear, I do mean this in good fun and wish all at Bucksketball the best; sincerely, you guys are good at your work, just lacking in good judgement at times, or so it seems to this obscure observer.)

    P.S. My pick to excel for the Bucks tonight is John Henson, at least 15 points and 12 rebounds, or at least 12 points and 15 rebounds — anyway a double-double.

    • P.P.S. Just to open myself to further ridicule — and to maybe, just maybe, elicit other comments on this site — I’ll go out on a limb and pick Scott Suggs for 25 points tonight for the Erie BayHawks of the D-League. (Bucks fans may remember him, but probably not, from our summer league team in Vegas.)

    • Look, harangue me all you want, but in these previews I can really only write about the interesting things that are going on. If Middleton had done anything worth mentioning recently, I would have mentioned it. Hounding me all over the place isn’t exactly going to change my writing or topics.

      • I honestly wasn’t trying to haranque, maybe tweak, but not harangue. I really meant it when I said I was writing in good fun and that you guys at Bucksketball do good work. Since the Badgers are about to start, I’ll probably stop commenting for at least a while and leave everyone alone.
        P.S. If you guys get paid by the comment, at least I’m useful in that regard. Sincerely, Mitch, have a good night!