February 16, 2013; Richmond, VA USA; Former Virginia Commonwealth Rams standouts Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders (l) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Eric Maynor (r) watch from courtside during the Rams

Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: The Second of Two


After getting their collective balloon popped by Joe Johnson in late game situations twice, the Bucks will try to re-inflate themselves tonight and grab the season series from Brooklyn.  Milwaukee has won two out of the three matchups with Brooklyn so far this season.

Jim Boylan used Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings as his backcourt for the game’s final 34 minutes last night.  Each guard played more than 48 minutes in the game, and the plan to use them for the entire second half backfired a bit when they were forced to go an entire overtime session too.  Ersan Ilyasova also played more than 44 minutes in the game.

If the Bucks were concerned about the heavy workload for their trio of scorers, then the Nets must be doubly so.  Deron Williams, in his first game back after receiving platelet-rich plasma injections in both ankles, played a team-high 45 minutes.  If his minutes are cut tonight, the Bucks simply cannot let themselves get beaten by the likes of C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans.  Bogans had two key three-pointers in overtime last night, though the second one was something of a gift: a loose ball after a blocked shot that bounced fortuitously in his direction.

Security:

As a part of the NBA’s upgraded security measures, the Bucks will start routinely screening and wanding at home games beginning tonight.

Trade Rumors:

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com says that the Bucks are working the phone lines in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Another team linked to Smith is the Bucks, who are “definitely active,” according to a rival exec. Milwaukee has to decide whether it will make prospective restricted free agent Brandon Jennings available with the point guard having previously expressed that he’s doing his homework on bigger markets

More medallions:

Former VCU stars Larry Sanders and Eric Maynor used the all-star break to take in a game at their former school. School spirit was on display as the pair stuck closely to VCU’s black and gold colors. And is Larry’s medallion awesome? Or is it super awesome?

Forget giving the intentional foul. If the Nets are down three on the game’s final possession, let this man guard Joe Johnson! What’s the point of keeping all that defensive glory in the paint if a two-pointer won’t matter anyway?

Johnson has now made 9-of-10 field goals this season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime in close games (with the Nets or their opponents leading by three or fewer points).  I’d like to see him try getting a fallaway over the outstretched arms of Sanders, though.

Some numbers:

When Reggie Evans is in the game, the Nets collect 54.3% of available rebounds.  When he is out, they only get 49.5%.

He doesn’t do much else on the court, but when a shot goes up, Evans will do whatever it takes to get an edge for position.  Last night, he grabbed Ersan’s hand as a shot went up and yanked him like a rag doll out of the play just as he himself went into it.  Evans finished with 9 rebounds in 19 minutes.

 

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