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Who’s ready for some more late night basketball? Bucks – Warriors Preview

| March 20, 2014

Category: Game Previews

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(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Larry Drew isn’t real happy with his defense or these super late tip offs lately. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

What to Watch For: Bucks

As they continue on their last West Coast swing of the season, team defense has emerged as the chief problem for the Bucks nearing the end of the season. The team’s offensive rating has increased every month of the season except for one, reaching 108.1 points per 100 possessions in March. However, the Bucks’ defensive rating has ballooned as well, from 104.1 in November to a staggering 114.6 this month. As the long season takes its toll on a primarily youth-oriented team, it seems like defensive principles are slipping, aided by coach Larry Drew‘s preference to switch to a zone defense for a few stretches every night and a confusing defensive scheme that has the Bucks sending a bunch of seemingly unnecessary double teams at opposing players in the post while leaving shooters open.

Regardless of root cause, the last several weeks of the season will provide an opportunity for the Bucks to find something that works–or at least improves upon the problem. That process starts with the Warriors, whose combination of skilled offensive big men and a three-point shooting barrage will test the Bucks’ young defenders.

What to Watch For: Warriors

As they just kind of amble their way toward the playoffs, Golden State has been dealing with a rash of injuries to key players. Andre Iguodala will miss this contest will knee tendonitis, and centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal both missed Tuesday night’s win over Orlando. Both are considered questionable for tonight’s game. However, the main engines of the Warriors’ success – Steph CurryKlay Thompson, and David Lee - will still be available to pose defensive problems for the Bucks. The Dubs hoist over 24 threes per game – which is a LOT – and shoot 37% on those shots. Their reliance on outside shooting has caused inconsistency throughout the season, but when Curry and Thompson are hitting their shots the Warriors are downright lethal.

Logistics

Time – 9:30 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 (ankle; questionable)

Warrior: Andre Iguodala (knee tendonitis; out), Andrew Bogut (ankle; questionable) Jermaine O’Neal (age; questionable)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Nate Wolters

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Ersan Ilyasova

Zaza Pachulia

Warriors:

PG Steph Curry

SG Klay Thompson

SF Draymond Green

PF David Lee

 Andrew Bogut

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Steph Curry

He probably made that. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

He probably made that. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

He’s shooting 41% from three this year. And that’s actually DOWN from his career average of 44%. That’s just silly.

Prediction: Mitch doesn’t stay awake for the end of the game; 15-20 people in Wisconsin watch, Warriors 110, Bucks 97

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Mitch has been a fan of the Bucks since the days of Big Dog, Ray Ray, and Sammy C. He's abnormally optimistic about the team even through the rough times and spends far too much time on the Trade Machine trying to make things better. He's 6'0" with a 5'11" wingspan and sees himself as more of a distributor than a scorer. Find him on Twitter @mitchvomhof

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  1. Sfisch says:

    Besides more John Henson, it’d be nice to see 20 minutes or so from Miroslav.
    Also, for down the stretch in close games, why not see what John and Nate can do? — along with Brandon, Khris and maybe Zaza.