The Bucks head to Madison Square Garden tonight in their throwback alternate mid-90s uniforms, looking for a win and a bounce-back game from Brandon Jennings.
Milwaukee has fared well against some of the better teams of the Eastern Conference this year — they are 10-6 against the East’s current playoff seeds — but they have not fared well against the Knicks in recent contests. The Bucks have lost their last three games against the Knicks.
Jennings, who was ejected for arguing a call after a disappointing result against the Bulls, should be working against Jason Kidd tonight. Kidd, who sat out Wednesday’s game against the Magic with a sore back, said he was “hopeful” about playing against the Bucks, while coach Mike Woodson expected him to start and play somewhere between 20 and 25 minutes.
Knicks: Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders
Kidd is officially listed as questionable. Larry Sanders is listed as probable after missing the Chicago game for illness. Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby are out with foot injuries.
|Offense Four Factors||Defense Four Factors|
|6||New York Knicks||4.42||3.96||111.0||106.2||90.5||.512||10.9||24.8||.190||.508||14.8||75.2||.211|
Though it may seem a daunting task, Jennings and Monta Ellis need to hound the ball the way that they did in recent wins over Portland and Detroit. Just because the Knicks haven’t turned the ball over much this season doesn’t mean it’s a task not worth pursuing. The Bucks won’t win this game if it’s a slower, grinding, halfcourt game.
And those uniforms? Jason Kidd has seen those before. He was around to witness the original versions firsthand (as was Camby… and Wallace… and Kurt Thomas too).