Well rested, now tested: Bucks – Clippers Preview

What to Watch For: Bucks (11-12)

Milwaukee has not played since losing in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. They’ve had a few days of practice and rest and a few nights spent in beds that they own. Given the talent that the Los Angeles Clippers are bringing into the Bradley Center Saturday night, all of that extra rest and comfort will have to have done wonders for the Bucks if they’re going to make this a competitive game.

The Bucks have lost five of their past six games, with three of those losses by more than 10 points. Surprisingly competitive battles with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks, along with a win at home against Miami, give some credibility to the belief that Milwaukee’s fast start this year wasn’t just a team benefiting from a soft schedule, but with each passing loss, optimism about this season fades a bit. That isn’t to say this season’s success will be judged on record or a playoff appearance, but that fun Bucks team that looked like it was going to be frisky is starting to look like it will be a distant memory come December’s end.

But a strong game or two and hope will spring to the surface once again.

What to Watch For: Clippers (16-6)

Chris Paul! Blake Griffin! It’s always fun when superstars are in Milwaukee, as Bucks fans have rarely seen consistent incredible play from their own players over the past 20 years or so. Plus we’ll see JJ Redick in Milwaukee again, probably still coming off screens and hitting 3-pointers. He’s fun to watch.

*waits*

“WHO CARES IF JJ REDICK IS FUN TO WATCH!? THE BUCKS TRADED TOBIAS HARRIS FOR HIM.”

There it is.

Logistics:

Time – 6:30 p.m. CST  TV – FS-Wisconsin  Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova (nasal fracture; out); John Henson (foot; out); Damien Inglis (post-surgery — right ankle; out); Johnny O’Bryant (right knee sprain; questionable)

Clippers: Chris Douglas-Roberts (knee; out); Reggie Bullock (ankle; questionable); Spencer Hawes (knee; questionable)

Projected Lineups

BucksBrandon KnightO.J. Mayo – Jabari Parker – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Larry Sanders

Clippers: Chris Paul – J.J. RedickMatt Barnes – Blake Griffin – DeAndre Jordan

Choose the Form of the Destructor: DeAndre Jordan

I can’t help but bring up Jordan, he who once destroyed Brandon Knight. It isn’t the dunk on Knight that launched thousands up out of their chairs that makes me think he’ll make an impact against the Bucks, rather it’s his ability to grab rebounds. Given Milwaukee’s struggles to rebound the ball this season, Jordan, 10th in the league in offensive rebound percentage, a man who grabs nearly 13% of available offensive rebounds, poses a significant problem.

Jordan may match Tyson Chandler‘s 10 offensive rebounds from the Mavericks recent visit to Milwaukee and he’s as capable of following those rebounds up with ferocious dunks as Chandler was. Milwaukee needs to have a man between him and the hoop at all times.

Prediction: Fading Further From Five Hundred

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