Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick: Bucks — Pacers Preview
What to Watch For: Bucks
Each game is another tick on the season clock that continues to very slowly approach midnight. There’s not much left to watch for the Bucks, though John Henson is coming off his strongest game in quite some time.
Maybe there will be a fun dunk.
What to Watch For: Pacers
Not their starters. The Pacers are sitting all five starters against the Bucks.
“The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys.
“We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.”
The Pacers are in the midst of a free fall right now. Since January 24, the team that was supposed to be the most realistic threat to knock off the mighty Miami Heat in the East is just 20-17. Their defense is no longer impenetrable and their offense is legitimately pedestrian when Paul George isn’t dominating (and he hasn’t been dominating for a while). Roy Hibbert grabbed under five rebounds per game in roughly 30 minutes per game in the month of March. He was benched in Indiana’s embarrassing and decisive loss last Sunday to the Atlanta Hawks. Things are not going well for Roy Hibbert. But he may see Wednesday as an opportunity to get right. Hibbert is averaging 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds against the Bucks this season.
Time – 7:00 CDT
Radio – 1250 WSSP
Bucks: Nate Wolters (fractured hand; out), Larry Sanders (eye; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out), O.J. Mayo (unclear; questionable), Ersan Ilyasova (ankle, out), Ekpe Udoh (knees; questionable) Miroslav Raduljica (ankle; questionable).
Pacers: Andrew Bynum (his knees are pretty much only bone at this point, it’s crazy; out), CJ Watson (strained hamstring; questionable
PG Ramon Sessions
SG Brandon Knight
SF Khris Middleton
PF Jeff Adrien
C Zaza Pachulia
PG George Hill SG Lance Stephenson SF Paul George PF David West C Roy Hibbert
Choose the Form of the Destroyer:
Paul George Someone Else
A lot of times, really well put-together teams fall into patterns where they play poorly. But if they have a superstar, they can overcome these stretches relatively quickly and survive them just fine, because always having the best player on the court is a big thing in the NBA.
George hasn’t always been the best player on the court and that’s made it difficult to cover up all of the other mistakes the Pacers are making lately. He’s gotten worse with each passing month and shot a Brandon Jennings-esque 37% in the month of March. But he’s playing the Bucks on Wednesday night, so he too, like Hibbert, should see this as an opportunity to right his own ship.
*Update: Actually don’t.) Watch out for Paul George.
Pacers 98 – Bucks 88 Bucks 103 – Pacers 84
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