This should say 'Faried attempts a dunk'. He didn't make it. ---> Feb 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (back) dunks the ball over Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Pepsi Center. Sanders was injured on the play and left the game. The Nuggets won 112-104. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Looking for a Groove in Detroit

Feb 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jim Boylan reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 112-104. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the late evening on February 8th as I write this game preview and I must say I’ve just been in a slump as of late. I’ve been struggling to get any sleep and I’ve basically sitting around doing nothing besides watching sports. Now that may not sound that bad to most people but I just feel like I’m missing a certain spark that I need to accomplish something big. The reason why I told you that is because I believe the Bucks are currently in that same slump where it appears they’re moving a step slower than the competition. Basically from the middle of the 4th quarter in that Denver game on Tuesday until where we stand right now

Milwaukee will look to get out of that rut on Saturday night when they take on their division rival Detroit Pistons at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Pistons are entering this game with a 19-32 record, but are a different team then since we last played them just ten days ago January 29th. First, the Bucks don’t have to worry about lethal rookie Andrew Drummond. Drummond broke his tailbone in a fall against the Lakers and will miss over a month. The Pistons also recently traded away long-time Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye and received back former Raptors point guard Jose Calderon in return.

Projected Lineups

Pistons: Jose Calderon,  Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Jason Maxiell, Greg Monroe
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Luc Mbah a Moute (questionable), Ersan Ilyasova,  Larry Sanders (questionable)

It’s actually difficult for me to be able to look in my crystal ball and preview this game because of the fact that I’m unsure if either/both Mbah a Moute or LARRY SANDERS! will play in the game. The team looked just absolutely sluggish without Larry’s energy or Mbah a Moute’s defense, and those two aspects will definitely be needed against the Pistons. Greg Monroe is lacking defensively but is one of the best offensive post players in the league so the Bucks will probably need Sanders to try to contain him. People look at Larry’s block numbers (3.2 BPG), but he just disrupts the offensive flow of the opposing teams in the paint which is crucial against a team like Detroit or a player like Greg Monroe. Meanwhile, the Pistons really don’t have a stand-out scorer that you could put Mbah a Moute on but it’s always extremely useful to have a defensive stopper like Luc Richard.         

The battle at both the shooting and point guard positions will be both entertaining and  extremely important in figuring out which team will be victorious. Detroit’s addition of Jose Calderon added a distributer to a team that had shoot-first guards like Stuckey or Knight which is helpful to a post player like Monroe. On the other hand, Calderon is on the edge of his prime at 31 years old — and he was never a blisteringly fast athlete to begin with — so it’s going to be tough for him to contain a speedy player like Jennings.

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