A season that’s almost extinct: Bucks — Raptors Preview

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This image is just begging to be turned into a fresco painting. Kinesio tape, face Band-Aids, the agony of defeat. What more could you ask for? (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

What to Watch For: Bucks

Milestone Watch:

If he scores 1581 points in games against Toronto and Atlanta, Brandon Knight (1242 points) will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2822 points, ’71-72) for most points scored in a season by a Buck.

Knight (344 assists) could also catch Sam Cassell (729 assists, ’99-00) for the season assist record with an extra $39.50 in dimes.

Khris Middleton leads the Bucks with 116 three-point field goals but an extra 114 over the next two games would push him past Ray Allen (229 threes, ’01-02) for the team season record.

John Henson leads the Bucks with 113 blocks. An extra 170 blocks would earn him a share of the franchise record  (Kareem, 283, ’73-74).

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Also, Chris Wright‘s 10-day contract expires today. It will be interesting to see if the Bucks sign him for the remainder of the season  on a tinily pro-rated contract.

What to Watch For: Raptors

Shorthanded in their meeting with the Bucks a week ago, the Raptors now have nearly their full complement of players and incentive to use them. A win against the Bucks would go a long way toward fetching the Raps the #3 seed in the playoffs — thus earning them a first-round matchup with Washington instead of suddenly-hot Brooklyn.

The Raptors are currently tied with Chicago for 3rd/4th place with matching 47-33 records, though the Raptors would win any ties because they won the Atlantic Division.

Logistics

Time – 6:00 CDT

TV – FSWI Alternate

Radio – 1250 WSSP

Injury Report

Bucks: Nate Wolters (fractured hand; out), Larry Sanders (suspended; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out), O.J. Mayo (ankle; doubtful), Ersan Ilyasova (sore ankle, out). Brandon Knight is expected to return after missing Saturday’s game with a sore hip.

Raptors: Landry Fields (flu symptoms; day-to-day)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Raptors:

PG Kyle Lowry

SG DeMar Derozan

SF Terrence Ross

PF Amir Johnson

 Jonas Valenciunas

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez slides, but it's not as big as the slide the Bucks took this season, am I right? (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Carlos Gomez slides, but it’s not as big as the slide the Bucks took this season, am I right? (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

On your mark, get set, GO!


Did you know that Khris Middleton’s OPS is 0.0000000? Did you know that Giannis can’t hit a curveball?  John Henson can’t throw with his right OR his left hand! LOLLLL! So many amazing jokes! If only there were someone well-sourced with meaningless factoids to keep us abreast of such important informations!

Prediction: Raptors 108, Bucks 89

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2 Comments

  1. I’m mesmerized by Knight’s face in the top photo. It’s a melancholy combination of so many emotions. The photo perfectly captures the struggle of a man trying much to hard in the name of a hopeless cause as he falls once again. He is defeated and he knows it but he will get back up anyway, because that is what one does.

    How’s his defense at first base?

    • His defense at first base is excellent. Sources tell me he slides more fluidly into bases than Carlos Gomez as well.