Game Thread: Bucks/76ers

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32-44 (12-27 road)
38-35 (22-15 home)
April 2, 2009 - 6:00 PM CT
Wachovia Center
Radio: 620 WTMJ   TV: FS Wisconsin

Probable starters:

 Ramon Sessions PG Andre Miller
Charlie Bell
SG Willie Green
Richard Jefferson SF Andre Iguodala
Charlie Villanueva
PF Reggie Evans
Dan Gadzuric C Samuel Dalembert
103.4 (23rd)
Off (19th) 104.5
104.7 (14th)
Def (10th) 103.8
95.1 (11th)
Pace (18th) 93.0
28.2 (6th)
OReb (2nd) 31.0
74.3 (9th) DReb (23rd) 71.7

 

08/09 Series:

Dec. 17: @76ers 93 Bucks 88

Defending with the stars.  A game after frustrating Dwyane Wade for 48 minutes, the Bucks put the clamps on Andre Iguodala (2/14, four points, six boards, and seven dimes) and Elton Brand (four points in 22 minutes before dislocating his shoulder).  In other words, if you came to the game purely to see both teams' stars do their thing...well, sorry about that.  Credit Scott Skiles with bringing a concept apparently referred to as "team defense" to Wisconsin.  As a long-time Bucks fan I'm still not altogether familiar with it, but I'm liking it so far.

Jan. 7: 76ers 110 @Bucks 105

Andre Miller delivered all night with 28 points, nine assists and six boards, none bigger than the three-pointer he hit with 28 seconds remaining that gave the Sixers a 107-103 edge that proved too much for the Bucks to overcome.

Injuries

76ers: Elton Brand (right shoulder surgery), Jason Smith (left knee surgery) and Thaddeus Young (sprained right ankle) are out.

Bucks: Michael Redd (torn ACL and MCL) and Andrew Bogut (stress fracture in lower back) are out. 

Three Points

  • Seeing triple-double. Congratulations to almost half of you, BrewHoopians. More specifically, the dutiful voters. Back in December, I asked who would be the next Buck to record a triple-double in this poll. The overwhelming choice was Ramon Sessions, with 66 of 133 votes. Andrew Bogut (19 votes) was a distant second. I'm not sure how many forecast the trip-dub to come against the Lake Show though. Sessions starting the month in fine form, hitting for 16/10/16 in last night's loss to Los Angeles, picking up where he left off last April.
  • Alexander in April. Joe Alexander has scored more points in the last four games (38) than he did in the previous 17 games (37). And after going more than 50 minutes without an assist, the first-year forward dropped four dimes against the Lakers last night; revenge tour is right. Last season, Yi Jianlian was the quick starter among rookies while Sessions finished fast. Mbah a Moute improbably became a starter a couple weeks into this season, and he is still going strong. Perhaps now the Principal will share the rookie spotlight with Alexander for the next couple weeks.
  • Young's ailing ankle. Philly lost Elton Brand for the year after he toppled over Mbah a Moute back in December. Now the Sixers venture to the court without another starter after Thaddeus Young went down last night with a sprained ankle. A real shame, too. Young doesn't yet have the brand name of Elton, but he put together a monster month of March, averaging 20.5 points on 54.7 % from the field.

Coverage

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