Luke Ridnour, who was sidelined the first eight games of the season with back spasms, will start at point guard tonight for the Bucks’ matchup with the Portland Trailblazers, according to Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Luke Ridnour is starting at point guard for the #Bucks tonight
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) November 21, 2013
Ridnour returned to action in the Bucks’ last two games, where he’s averaged 20.5 minutes, 3.0 points and 3.0 assists per game. Ridnour started 50 games for the Bucks’ in his last stint in Milwaukee from 2008-2010.
Rookie Nate Wolters has sufficiently handled the starting point guard role the past seven games and has exceeded expectations with his tremendous play. Wolters is averaging 8.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game and has a 4.60 assist-to-turnover ratio, the best in the NBA.
It’s interesting that Larry Drew decided to go with Ridnour tonight, who most likely isn’t quite 100% yet. A key factor in the decision could be for defensive purposes against Portland’s elite point guard, Damian Lillard. Not to say that Wolters isn’t a good defender, but Ridnour certainly has more experience and is the better defensive option against Lillard. We’ll have to see which of the two Bucks point guards gets more run in tonight’s game, and if Wolters’ minutes see any major decline.
In other news, Caron Butler will also be returning to the starting lineup tonight after missing the past two games battling a separated shoulder. Ersan Ilyasova will also return to action for the Bucks off the bench.
Other starters for the Bucks tonight include: O.J. Mayo, Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh.