An attempt to stop the madness: Bucks – Pistons Preview

What to Watch For: Bucks (7-7)

I’m not even 100% sure the Milwaukee Bucks grabbed a rebound in either of the past two games. I was looking into it and I see some numbers that indicate they did grab a bunch actually, something like 66, but I don’t specifically remember any. I just remember Raptors and Wizards tossing them out the way like a bunch of .. well … Raptors and Wizards actually.

This problem has extended back beyond Milwaukee’s last two games though. The Bucks are 29 in the league in defensive rebound rating. Given the smallish lineups the Bucks have been rolling out, with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the power forward position regularly, it isn’t the most surprising thing in the world that Milwaukee’s getting roasted on the glass. Obviously there are some benefits on the other end to playing Giannis where he’s at, so maybe the solution isn’t finding replacements for him more regularly.

Zaza Pachulia has a defensive rebound rate that aligns closely with players like Richard Jefferson, Michael Carter-Williams, Patrick Patterson, Kenneth Faried and Shawne Williams. Patterson and Faried are undersized fours, Jefferson and Williams are small forwards and MCW is a point guard. That’s hardly what a team expects out of a center logging regular minutes.

Is it time to take a look at John Henson? Yes. Will it happen? If this season has had any theme, it’s that any player can play on any night. So perhaps Milwaukee’s lanky four/five will get his chance yet, but he hasn’t had it yet. His rebounding hasn’t been exceptional this season, but historically, his numbers would indicate he could contribute more than Pachuila has in this area thus far this season.

What to Watch For: Pistons (3-10)

Detroit rarely forces turnovers, misses a lot of shots, plays very slowly, struggles at the free throw line, can’t shoot threes … Detroit’s a mess. But they have two huge guys in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and human question mark Josh Smith. So who knows what to watch for.

Athleticism, I suppose.

Logistics:

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST  TV – FS-Wisconsin  Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Damien Inglis (post-surgery — right ankle; out); Johnny O’Bryant (right knee sprain; out); Brandon Knight (hamstring; questionable)

Pistons: Brandon Jennings (finger; doubtful); Jodie Meeks (back; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: Brandon Knight – Khris Middleton – Jabari Parker – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Larry Sanders

Pistons: D.J. AugustinKentavious Caldwell-Pope – Josh Smith – Greg Monroe – Andre Drummond

Choose the Form of the Destructor: Andre Drummond

He’s huge and he jumps and he dunks and now he posts up. He does all of that well, except for the last thing, fortunately for the rest of the league. If we live in a world where Drummond gains the competency that a Dwight Howard has as a post-up player, watch out, because he’s going to be very, very good. His ceiling is high and it seems like Stan Van Gundy has decided this year would be one best used developing him, which make sense. The Pistons were never going to be good this season, so why not try and play through the one guy who has a firm future with the team?

Even though he’s struggling as a post-up player, Drummond will still grab a bunch of rebounds tonight and he’ll probably toss in a couple of vicious dunks for good measure … so long as he doesn’t immediately foul out.

Prediction: The Bucks Are Back … Over .500

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1 Comment

  1. Let’s see …. it seems the Bucks are getting killed on the boards. It looks like the choice is more Pachulia, Dudley or Ersan all averaging between 2 an 4 boards a night . Or … (gasp) play John Henson who was last season’s best rebounder w/ over 7 per game also top shot blocker as well and a long player who can finish around the rim. Hmmm.. choices, choices. Prediction? Kidd stays with option A for (once again) no apparent reason as far as I can tell.

    Go Bucks!!!! Hope- we are only out rebounded by 10-12 tonight which may give us a chance.