One man takes on many men: Bucks – Knicks Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks have been the internet’s darlings over the past few days. I suspect it was because I was tucked away on vacation, unable to rain on the many parades happening across the world in honor of Jason Kidd‘s improved group that ranks second in the NBA in defensive efficiency.

I’ll never leave you guys again. (Except I will in a few weeks, but that’ll be the last time. Until the next time.)

But I did have a good time at a Golden State Warriors game last Saturday. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a blowout win over a Hornets team that appeared hapless. The crowd was loving it and people were actively discussing the Warriors on the way to and from the game. This happens when I go to Brewer games too. Sometimes I hear this chatter after Bucks games, but not as much.

It would be fun to hear more conversations circling the arena before and after games, to feel that little buzz of energy of people excited to be heading to watch a game.

And you know what? It seems like the Bucks are heading in the right direction. It seems like the buzz is building. The internet is talking. Soon, the streets may follow. Baby steps for the Baby Bucks.

What to Watch For: Bucks

Can this defense continue to defend? The Knicks are no offensive juggernaut, but they do have Carmelo Anthony and he does score a lot of points. Milwaukee has a bevy of long armed defenders that could give him some trouble, but those same long armed defenders could end up racking up fouls quickly too, given ‘Melo’s craft and cleverness.

Larry Sanders has especially struggled as of late to stay on the court, but the Bucks defense has held up without him. That doesn’t seem like a very sustainable trend. Milwaukee could use him to reign in the fouls just a touch and he could use Kidd’s faith to trust him with 30 minutes on the floor.

What to Watch For: Knicks

Carmelo Anthony is doing stuff lately. Good stuff. The kind of stuff that gets people talking about him in a good way once again.

He’s scored over 25 points in each of his past four games and he scored 46 two games ago in Utah. The Jazz are no Bucks, though. Milwaukee’s defense has been tough so far, but not too tough to avoid any individual explosions. Zach Randolph, Tobias Harris and Pau Gasol have each posted impressive individual games against the Bucks, with varying degrees of team success.

The matchup of Melo vs. Many Bucks will be what decides this game probably.

Logistics

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

Injury Report

Bucks: Khris Middleton (Day-to-Day), Damien Inglis is out. Johnny O’Bryant is out.

Knicks: Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani and Iman Shumpert are out.

Starting Lineups

Bucks: Brandon KnightJared Dudley –Jabari ParkerGiannis Antetokounmpo – Larry Sanders

Knicks: Shane Larkin – JR Smith – Quincy Acy (?) – Carmelo Anthony – Sam Dalembert (!)

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: DALEMBERRRRRRRRT

Dalembert was largely forgettable as a Milwaukee Bucks player, but … HE SCORED 35 THAT ONE TIME AGAINST THE NUGGETS! He was 17-21 and only made one free throw on one attempt. It was incredible and bizarre and will probably never happen again.

The thing I remember more than anything about Dalembert is how unwilling he was to pass the ball. If he caught, he was shooting. That doesn’t seem like the ideal center for the triangle offense that involves both Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith.

Prediction: Giannis And Carmelo Make Some Magic With Each Other

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1 Comment

  1. I actually took an excited “So whaddya think? I think they can keep this up!” phone call from a friend last night, which, considering how people treat a friend calling them in 2014, is only one step removed from the mayor giving Kidd a key to the city.

    Fun times ahead. Can’t wait.