What to Watch For: Bucks (7-6)
All of the good times and happy feelings surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks went missing after Friday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors. They didn’t even make it through the first half. The Raptors rained in three after three, Lou Williams beat buzzers and broke hearts. The Bucks lost by, gosh, I don’t even know. All the points? Let me see how many it was. I wasn’t watching the game with great seriousness. It was on in the bar I was at, but I only casually paid attention because I was watching my brother become a champion of comedy. It’s about time someone brought some pride to this family’s name. I’m glad he did it, because I have no intention of doing so any time soon.
But yeah, the final score. I didn’t catch it. So let me just …
OH MY GOD. Yikes. That was worse than I expected.
There wasn’t much positive to take away from Toronto’s game. I’m prepared to move on from it and never mention it again. That’s the second time I think, collectively, we’ve all felt like that after a Bucks game. The first time? Well, it was when Milwaukee played the Wizards in Washington.
The Wizards are back on the schedule. Talk about bad timing. The Bucks had built up a little winning streak and we were writing all sorts of positive things and Twitter was on fire with talk of Milwaukee’s defense and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Now he’s battling an ankle injury and the Bucks have to play the team that forced them into 27 turnovers earlier this season.
Sometimes people like to call problems or difficulties, “opportunities”. Tonight seems ripe for opportunities.
What to Watch For: Wizards (8-3)
They are returning to full health, so, the rest of the East better get its act together when it plays the Wizards. Bradley Beal made his season debut on Wednesday against the Mavericks and dropped in 21 points. He came off the bench in his first two games, but surely he’ll return to the starting lineup sooner rather than later, as one time Bucks hero and veteran of 10-day contracts Garrett Temple is currently starting games for Washington.
I’m looking at Washington’s roster right now and, whew, it’s deep. That’s the one advantage the Bucks have over many opponents, the sheer amount of capable players it can throw at them. In the regular season especially, depth can be a useful tool to deploy, as we’ve seen this season. But the Wizards 6-12 situation rivals that of Milwaukee. Beal, Andre Miller, Otto Porter, Kris Humphries and Kevin Seraphin all came off the bench and performed reasonably well for the Wizards against the Cavs Friday night.
That’s not a bad group.
Time – 7:30 p.m. CST TV – FS-Wisconsin Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Damien Inglis (post-surgery — right ankle; out); Johnny O’Bryant (right knee sprain; out)
Wizards: Martell Webster (back surgery; out)
Choose the Form of the Destructor: Bradley Beal
He’s back and he’s very good. Washington’s two guard isn’t just a spot-up shooter or John Wall’s lackey. Despite being just 22-years-old, it looks like he’s on the way to carving out the career many thought Eric Gordon was going to have. Beal’s playmaking skills and explosion don’t get much pub, but they are very much there.
He’s kind of a much better version of what O.J. Mayo has been this season and he’s about a hundred times better than what O.J. Mayo was last season. He’ll be a huge problem on Saturday night, so long as there aren’t too many minute restrictions on him in his first set of back-to-backs this season.