What to Watch For: Bucks
More specifically, the Bucks played a frantic pace in the first half of their opener against the Hornets and that was a blast. If the Sixers are missing shots, and logic says that this Sixers team will be missing lots of shots, the Bucks should have ample opportunity to push the ball up the court and look for easier opportunities. It was fun to watch how many different guys were busting down the court with the ball off rebounds on Wednesday. Whether it was Parker or Brandon Knight or Giannis or even Khris Middleton, guys were getting out and going with every long rebound. More of that please.
The John Henson/Ersan Ilyasova minute distribution will be something worth keeping an eye on too. Which one of these guys will separate from the other with his play? Can Henson assert himself as a rebounder again? Will Ersan make shots? They are such contrasts as players, it’s interesting to see the two of them essentially splitting backup big minutes. It gives Milwaukee great flexibility, but it’s tough to sell two veterans on 12-20 minutes a night
What to Watch For: Sixers
If you listened to the most recent Bucksketball Podcast, which you really should do because it’s our finest work, you’ll know that my depth of Sixers knowledge is shallower than the kiddy pool at your average local playground. That’s a thing right? One time I was in New York and I had to watch my cousin’s daughter for a while, so we went over to the kiddy pool at this playground. I assure you, the water in that pool was not very deep. I did not have a good time there. Anyway, the Sixers. Yikes. You’ll read snarky bloggers like me ripping them all season, but it’s for good reason. They deserve our scorn. They deserve our appreciation too, as they have high ambitions and I can respect an organization that’s willing to sacrifice a few years in the service of a bigger dream. But this season, it’s on.
I’m told Tony Wroten is interesting. He had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the season opener against the Pacers. That’s something. Nerlens Noel was a high draft pick with high hair last season. He’s also worth keeping an eye on.
Time – 7:30 p.m. CST TV – FS-Wisconsin Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Damien Inglis is out. So is Not Patrick O’Bryant. They will be out a while.
Sixers: I’m led to believe there will be no Michael Carter-Williams in this game. That’s a bummer.
Bucks: Brandon Knight – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Khris Middleton – Jabari Parker – Larry Sanders
Sixers: The First Five Fans Into The Bradley Center
Choose the Form of the Destructor: Luc Mbah a Moute
Mbah a Moute is not expected to play on Friday night, as he has just recently returned from his native Cameroon, where he was attending the funeral of the brother of Sixers big man and Mbah a Moute protege Joel Embiid. That’s kind of a cool thing to do though, so I wanted to call out Mbah a Moute, since most of the Sixers aren’t very good at basketball anyway. It’s cool that Mbah a Moute has helped nurture Embiid’s basketball future for as long as he has.
It’s cool that he’s got this sort of loyalty to the kid and really seemed to help bring him along and guide his decision making. Acting as a mentor is a decent thing to do, especially if you’re a rich guy who really doesn’t have a ton to gain from the person you’re mentoring. Yeah, Embiid will be a successful player and it’s handy to have successful people in your life, but Mbah a Moute is a basketball player too and he’s doing just fine. Shout out to you, Luc.