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Fear the Deer? Not at the Palace…

Essentials

  • Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (2-10) at Detroit Pistons (5-8)
  • Date: November 25, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Life in Wisconsin is hard these days. Ryan Braun was suspended for PED use after emphatically chastising baseball’s drug testing program, thus sidetracking the season of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Green Bay Packers have not won in a month because their superstar has been sidelined due to a broken left collarbone. The Pack have been forced to watch the NFC North fall apart and fail to capitalize on it because Aaron Rodgers cannot suit up.

And lastly, the Milwaukee Bucks are dreadful. Last season they had arguably the most undisciplined backcourt in NBA history (Allen Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse have to also be in the discussion) with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis taking turns putting shots up.

Bucks management conducted a sign-and-trade for Jennings and allowed Ellis to walk in free agency. As a result, the team has gotten worse, much worse. Larry Sanders is currently on the shelf dealing with a thumb injury and consequently, the team is missing one of hits best players.

Typically, teams struggle whenever one of their top talents goes down but in the case of Milwaukee, figuring out just who is their best player is difficult proposition. Here are the options to choose from:

  • Caron Butler
  • Larry Sanders
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Ersan Ilyasova (aka James Franco)
  • Gary Neal

Take your pick. The inability to settle on one player highlights the lack of talent on the roster. The Bucks have very little to offer in terms of skill and also, their schemes accomplish very little in terms of helping them maximize whatever “advantages” they may have.

For instance, they run a lot of pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops to create favorable matchups for their players, but the guys on the roster are not particularly skilled offensively. Ilyasova is great as a stretch-four when he pulls away big defenders from the hoop and dribbles past them for scores.

Mind you, he needs a good point guard to set these plays up for him and well, he does not have one.

Butler and Mayo are above average offensive players for the most part but they thrive off beating defenders in one-on-one situations where there is little defensive help coming their way.

Because the Bucks do not have any real great players or terrific offensive concepts, their wing players tend to see a lot of guys in their grills. Put it all together and Milwaukee’s offense turns into the Kobe System.

Kobe Bryant is a terrific offensive player and has put in numerous years of hard work into his craft. That allows him to make some of the most difficult contested shots and in turn, that encourages him to continue taking them.

The Bucks take contested shots, but lack the Black Mamba. In what is surely not a coincidence, Milwaukee boasts the second-worst offensive efficiency in the league. They complement their overall ineptitude with bad overall defense.

They do a poor job of closing out on shooters (Ilyasova is particularly subpar on this front) and post players do well against them because they are quite slow when it comes to sending help down there.

Thus, Milwaukee is not exactly a quality opponent by NBA standards. There is actually a possibility that things might get ugly for the road team tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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17 Comments

  • Nov 25, 20136:48 pm
    by TheBigS

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    I think the Knight – Jennings matchup will be something to watch in this game. Both players should want to prove to their former teams that they should not have gotten rid of them

    • Nov 25, 20139:32 pm
      by domnick

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      Jennings > Knight

  • Nov 25, 20137:01 pm
    by gmehl

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    If Middleton or Knight go off for 25 or 30 I will literally stab myself in the eye with a pencil. Hopefully we can start collecting some wins, confidence and cohesion over this huge home stand we have. If we are going to be anything other than first round playoff fodder we have to start getting our head above .500. If I was Mayo, Ilyasova and Neal i’d be licking my chops coming into tonights game. Look for all 3 and maybe even Knight to be on court at the same time launching a barrage of 3 point bombs against our HUGE lineup. As long as we close out on them this should be a win by pounding the ball inside all night long. As far as the Knight/Jennings matchup goes I wouldn’t put it past Jennings to do something silly.

    • Nov 25, 20137:25 pm
      by TheBigS

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      I agree. I hope BJ can play better than Smith against his old team. Middleton is the one player who I really miss because he is hitting a decent percent of his threes and that is exactly what the pistons need

  • Nov 25, 20138:08 pm
    by gmehl

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    I really hope Datome gets on the court soon. This is the kind of game that he can get his eye in without worrying about us losing it. Heck play Jorts at C, CV at PF, Datome at SF to get all 3 of them going. We need our 3pt shooters to gain some confidence.

  • Nov 25, 20138:19 pm
    by anacaniwelk

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    Charlie Villanueva is having a good game but Pistons Powered will make another sarcastic remark about him when the pass out the grades.   

    • Nov 25, 20138:26 pm
      by gmehl

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      I disagree. If he keeps lighting up the score board the way he is the only way he’ll get a bad grade is if he lets his opposing man do the same on the other end. CV has a habit of not closing out on rotations or not boxing out. The guy is playing for his NBA future so don’t get sucked into the effort he is showing now or you might as well change your last name to Dumars if you do. 

      • Nov 25, 20138:32 pm
        by anacaniwelk

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        No, they’ll give him a good grade, but they’ll take a shot at him anyway.  It’s what they do.

        • Nov 25, 20138:42 pm
          by Otis

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          What’s the problem with taking pot shots at Charlie V? He’s notoriously lazy and perpetually out of shape. He does nothing on the court besides shoot the ball, and for all his potential versatility it’s mostly just a three point frenzy. So if he’s not scoring in bunches, he’s not contributing anything at all. I mean, of course I’ll add the caveat that he came as advertised, so the joke is really on Joe Dumars, but there’s nothing wrong with digging into Charlie. He cashes the paychecks, he can take the heat. If he was a harder worker it would maybe be worth sticking up for him.

          • Nov 25, 20138:46 pm
            by anacaniwelk

            Quit lying. Quit being a clown Otis.  Charlie is not lazy or out of shape.  Taking shots is just sign of your immaturity.  See how immature I just was?

          • Nov 25, 20139:11 pm
            by gmehl

            anacaniwelk or should I say Mr Villanueva… I thought they put an end to you tweeting/blogging during games. All jokes aside we as piston fans have every right to be critical of what he has brought to the table the last couple of seasons. As nice a guy as he is he hasn’t lived up to his end of the contract he signed. I suppose in CVs defence we should only be critical at him and just plain old angry with Joe.

          • Nov 25, 20139:54 pm
            by anacaniwelk

            gmehl, You have no reason to be angry with Charlie.  They haven’t let him on the court for years. No reason to complain about his game when they don’t play him.  And yet you still whine.  Some people just love to complain, and some people hate complainers.

      • Nov 25, 20138:42 pm
        by anacaniwelk

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        I see you’re a CV hater. He is showing the same effort that he always has.  Shots are just falling tonight.  

  • Nov 25, 20138:38 pm
    by zdwtr

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     ”I think were up like 30 right now so we gotta push it up to 60″

  • Nov 25, 20138:47 pm
    by Otis

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    Hey so I haven’t started watching yet, but my buddy just posted a pic of the Palace, and boy is it a ghost town. I vaguely remember a promotion where FSD would give you a free ticket if you bought one for this game, and now I see why. Doesn’t look any fuller than last year. I know it’s just the Bucks, but damn. As a proponent of sweeping change throughout this broken organization, this is probably a good thing. I just don’t see how Tommy G could possibly stay the course.
     
    Also, I’m anticipating a win tonight since it’s the lowly Bucks, perhaps the worst team in the association. That would bring us our first win “streak” of the season, but still waiting for that first win against a quality opponent.

  • Nov 25, 20139:32 pm
    by domnick

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    i wish we are playing milwaukee every night :P

  • Nov 25, 20139:49 pm
    by Zeke

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    Who the hell did Milwaukee manage to beat?

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