Game 40: Raptors/Bucks

2009/2010 NBA Season

Tor2_medium

vs.
Mil_2_medium
21-21 (8-15 road)
16-23 (11-7 home)
January 20, 2010
Bradley Center
7:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Brandon Jennings
DeMar DeRozan
SG Charlie Bell
Hedo Turkoglu
SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Chris Bosh
PF Ersan Ilyasova
Andrea Bargnani
C Andrew Bogut

111.2 (4th)  - OFFENSE - 102.3 (26th)
112.6 (30th)  - DEFENSE - 103.9 (7th)

92.9 (13th)   - PACE -  93.6 (10th)


Linkage

RaptorsHQ / The Score / Raptors Republic / Dino Nation

News/notes after the jump...

JS: Stackhouse to learn on the fly

“We worked him out and he went through practice today,” said coach Scott Skiles after Tuesday’s practice. “He looked pretty good so we’ll play him the game tomorrow and see what he can do.

“In the past, he’s obviously been an NBA scorer. He’s been able to post-up and score on people. Drive the ball and get to the foul line. And he has a high level of toughness about him. So we’ll put him out there and see what he does.”

Michael Hunt also has a pretty good take on the Bucks' latest signing:

And the Bucks? With no major moves possible, they've got no choice except to see if Stackhouse has anything left.

Even if it's not Option A, sometimes there's something to be said for mutual necessity.

Alexander heading to Fort Wayne
In our Stackhouse story we mentioned that the domino effect of signing Stackhouse to play off guard would cut into Joe Alexander's opportunities at the forward positions, so it's neither surprising nor coincidental that Ridiculous Upside reported this morning that Alexander will be joining the Bucks' D-League affiliate this week. 

As a fan I've had a hard time giving up on Alexander--lottery picks with explosive athleticism are tough that way--but it's difficult to say the the Bucks feel the same way.  Sending a player to the D-League is usually an attempt to think long-term about a player who might otherwise struggle to get PT, but when you've already declined his option for next year it's harder to make the same case.  Maybe this is only a temporary thing, and odds are it can help him in the long run, but it just doesn't seem like the Bucks will be the ones reaping the benefits of it.

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