What to Watch For: Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova should return for the Bucks (Update: He isn’t returning. He may never return.). I honestly can’t give you, gracious with your time reader, or anyone else a reason to watch the Bucks or any indication of what you should be watching when you watch them. I suppose Giannis is fun to watch sometimes. You could watch to see if John Henson plays 30 minutes or not, which is a thing that is very important to a lot of people and absolutely meaningless to others. You can be in whichever camp you choose there.

There are 11 games left, counting Thursday night’s sadfest.

What to Watch For: Lakers

This is the only time the Lakers will be in Milwaukee until probably the year 2015, so that’s kind of exciting. Of course, this isn’t the Lakers team anyone expected would be visiting Milwaukee when the schedule was released before the 2013-14 season. The Lakers many hoped for had Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash and were a potential playoff group.

This group has Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks and is the opposite of almost every Laker team ever. They are the second worst team in the Western Conference, which is less difficult a feat to pull off than being the worst team in the Eastern Conference, which is what the Bucks are.

This will probably not be a fun night, filled with optimism and hope for the future.

I would not be good at my job if I worked in ticket sales for the Bucks.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 CDT

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Larry Sanders (fractured right orbital bone; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out)

Lakers: Pau Gasol (hates Mike D’Antoni; out), Kobe Bryant (body falling apart; out), Steve Nash (battling age; questionable), Nick Young (swag overload; questionable), Jordan Farmar (groin; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Lakers:

PG Kendall Marshall

SG Jodie Meeks

SF Wesley Johnson

PF Jordan Hill

 Chris Kaman

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Jodie Meeks

Meets Lakers Pass
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Meeks has been something of a better, smaller version of Khris Middleton on offense this season. I say on offense, because I literally have no idea how he’s progressed as a defender. Metrics on defense are too cloudy for me to even make a judgement. I just remember him being so-so to below average as a rookie in Milwaukee.

But, if he were in Milwaukee now, fans might be preparing to build him a small monument. Scoring an average amount of points while playing an efficient offensive game has become quite an impressive feat these days to Bucks fans.

If you were to say that maybe Jodie Meeks was only average, your sanity would be put on trial and your general outlook on life called into question. He would be the bright shining beacon of hope that came through this season. He would be the one example of a player flourishing, despite the Bucks doing everything they could to bring down all of their young players, who they so obviously hate.

I am glad Jodie Meeks is not in Milwaukee this season. Ultimately, he moves the needle none. I now await more comments about my continued dismissals of Khris Middleton.

This season is a poisonous wreck, however necessary it may be to a brighter tomorrow.

Prediction: Lakers 134 – Bucks 88