When the Golden State Warriors (3-5) visit the Bradley Center tonight to play the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2), an excitement will be in the air. The Warriors are second in the league in scoring at 109 ppg, but they are also last in the league in scoring defense, giving up an unconscious able 111 ppg.
The Warriors have six players averaging in double figures, led by PG Monta Ellis at 18.5 ppg, and Steven Jackson at 16.0 ppg. Rookie PG Stephen Curry is averaging 7.6 ppg in 26 minutes.
Milwaukee on the other hand is second in the league in scoring defense, yielding a mere 88 ppg, while ranking a modest 23rd in scoring (93 ppg).
The Bucks are led by an exciting duo. Brash, confident and most of all talented rookie PG Brandon Jennings leads the team in scoring at 20.7 ppg and assist (5.2) in just over 32 minutes a game.
The other half of Milwaukee’s new found duo is fifth year center Andrew Bogut, (15/9)
So is it going to be a track meet? Or a grind it out defensive slug fest??
I am thinking this will be the highest scoring game thus far the Bucks will have been involved in these first seven games. Why?
Because slowly but surely, with the team…
• coming in a month early
• then going through training camp
• 8 preseason games
• six regular season games
• several days to practice and watch film in between these first six games
• They have been home for a week.
• They are playing faster it seems every game.
• They are getting some chemistry from all of this time together.
• The players have been focused, they have been attentive, and they have been good soldiers all, to Head Coach Scott Skiles and his basketball bible.
Certainly their hard nosed defensive philosophy will still be present, but I think they want to move the ball and play fast.
They have been getting better at early offense, and with their continued unselfish play, and getting more efficient at moving the ball faster, combined with the Warrior’s “lack of something” on defense, I see an up and down game tonight.
I think tonight is the perfect night for the Bucks offense to explode. Of course defense and rebounding is the key. Last night the Warriors had only 17 assist on 45 made field goals, meaning they must “iso” allot.
Hold the fort defensively, rebound and get out and put up IF you got a good shot early. If not, swing it around, go through Bogut, and do it over and over again, all night, just be aggressive against this team, constantly moving and passing to the more open shooter.
Last year in China we played GS, and those games were played the same way I am saying here, but now even faster. Throw in the fact Bucks rookie PG Brandon Jennings thrives in this style of pla.y…in my crystal ball I see the table set for some good old fashion up and down 1980’s basketball tonight.
Then when we need too late in the game, I think we are starting to have the ability to slow things down, get some defensive stops and close out another one, with an inside/outside game.
You don’t wanna miss this one.