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.

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.

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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.

Logistics

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

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Heat:

PG Mario Chalmers

SG Dwyane Wade

SF LeBron James

PF Chris Bosh

 Greg Oden

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: LeBron James

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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