Pun about this game being in London: Bucks – Knicks Preview

What to Watch For: Bucks (20-19)

Milwaukee hasn’t been especially great as a home team this season, but today they’ll get a chance to play a home game on the road against a bad team, so perhaps that’s the elixir they’ve needed to put together a home blowout.

Ersan Ilyasova will return for the Bucks, further replenishing their front court depth. He’ll split minutes with Kenyon Martin and Johnny O’Bryant, who almost certainly will be banished to the end of the bench once Ilyasova and Martin begin to show they can run up and down an NBA basketball court repeatedly without it diminishing their motor skills.

What to Watch For: Knicks (5-35) (For real, that is their record)

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are going to play so the Knicks should be a pretty formidable oppo…hahahaha.

The Knicks are terrible. When those two have played they have been terrible. When those two haven’t played they’ve been terrible. No matter what they’ve been terrible. At no point this season have they even approached potential solutions for how to not be terrible. It’s a terrible situation. Terrible. At this point they’ve given up on the season and the roster as it was constructed, which only makes sense. Of course, a season like this one was probably the best thing that could have happened to the Knicks, as the only really solid building block they had coming into the season was Carmelo Anthony. They’ll be able to add another piece in the draft and start to put together some sort of relevancy plan.

A disaster does not mean doom, as the Milwaukee Bucks of last year through this year can contest, so chin up, Knicks fans. Pencil in better days on your next Knicks calendar. And light your current one on fire.

Logistics

Time – 2:00 p.m. CST TV – NBATV Radio – 620 WTMJ

THIS GAME IS IN LONDON. HAVE YOU HEARD?

Injury Report

Bucks: Larry Sanders (personal reasons; out); Jabari Parker (left ACL tear; out); Damien Inglis (post-surgery – right ankle; out)

KnicksAndrea Bargnani may or may not play, but really, does it matter?

Projected Lineups

Bucks: Brandon KnightKhris MiddletonGiannis Antetokounmpo – Johnny O’Bryant – Zaza Pachulia

Knicks: Jose CalderonTim Hardaway Jr. – Carmelo Anthony – Amar’e Stoudemire – Cole Aldrich

Choose the Form of the Destructor: Cole Aldrich

I could make the easy joke about how Cole Aldrich is not the guy the NBA wanted to be showcasing in London when they scheduled this game. I think I just did. But he’s had some productive moments of late. 12 points and 19 rebounds against the Blazers. 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Pistons. Sometimes, it’s fair to think this guy could be a pretty productive NBA backup center.

Of course, there’s a valid counterpoint:

Prediction: Basketball in England is not saved

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  1. During the broadcast Clyde Frazier said something about Cole Aldrich being ambidextrous, thought it was going to be the “he shoots poorly with both hands” line but alas no……