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Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick: Bucks — Pacers Preview

| April 9, 2014

Category: Game Previews

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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.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 CDT

TV FS Wisconsin Alternate

Radio – 1250 WSSP

Injury Report

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

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Pacers:

PG George Hill

SG Lance Stephenson

SF Paul George

PF David West

 Roy Hibbert

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Paul George Someone Else

Look at this guy, with his balance and such. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Look at this guy, with his balance and such. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

Prediction: Pacers 98 – Bucks 88 Bucks 103 – Pacers 84

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. Andrew Rosin says:

    Reports are that the Pacers are going to sit their starters. So, yeah. They’re ready for this to be over just as much.