The Milwaukee Bucks are looking for a winning record tonight and three consecutive wins for the first time since former Marquette point guard Jim Boylan was coaching the team. “He never got a fair shake!” is a thing that I never said about Boylan. Honestly, he had a tough assignment having to coach with two uncouth ruffians on his team.
What to Watch For: Bucks
The question of whether the Bucks actually have a good defense or they’re just getting lucky with an early string of offensively stagnant opponents isn’t going to get answered tonight. The Orland Magic are ranked 28 in offensive rating.
The Magic’s offense is bad in a completely different way compared to their other opponents. The Bucks have run gotten a string of poor shooting teams. The Magic can shoot. They have a team three-point percentage of .401 and an effective field goal percentage of .506. Their offense fails in every other category that isn’t shooting: lots of turnovers (that’s just what you have to live with having a rookie point guard and an overall young team), very few free throws, and despite having Nikola “Vucci Mane” Vucevic, they don’t get many offensive rebounds.
Because the Magic squander so many possessions, expect the offense to look especially good tonight. Brandon “I only play at one speed” Knight and the rest of the offense does its best work when they’ve got the defense backpedaling and has no time to get set.
What to Watch For: Magic
The Tobias Harris bandwagon still runs strong in the Bucksketball comments. He’s doing pretty well for himself this year. His shooting threes at the NBA average(which is exactly what I was willing to settle for from him), he’s a heck of a rebounder, and he’s a very efficient scorer. He’s also become an excellent trash talker.
Again, Tobias Harris was recently asked what sort of effect Tyler Hansbrough has on a game. “None,” he said. #magic
— David Baumann (@DavidBaumannCBS) November 12, 2014
I’ve been doing an excellent, but unflattering imitation of Tyler Hansborough on the basketball court for over two decades, so Harris will always have a friend in me.
The problem is that the ball sticks to his hands. He’s got the second highest usage rate on the team behind Vucci Mane, but he has one of the lowest assist rates on the team.
Time – 6:00 p.m. CST TV – FS-Wisconsin Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Khris Middleton (Day-to-Day)
Magic: Victor Oladipo (Out); Kyle O’Quinn (Out); Devyn Marble (Out)
Bucks: Brandon Knight – Jared Dudley – Ersan Ilysasova – Jabari Parker Larry Sanders (probably, maybe)
Magic: Elfrid Payton – Evan Fournier – Tobias Harris – Channing Frye – Nikola Vucevic
Choose the Form of the Destroyer: It’s all Vucci baby
Larry Sanders is on a roll, so Vucevic probably won’t have his best game tonight. But I like him and I want to see him get a 30-20