The Bucks look to build on their comeback win over Atlanta when they head north for their first meeting of the season with the struggling Raptors, losers of nine straight.
JS: Bogut mum on viral infection
Another week, another dose of head-scratching Andrew Bogut injury news.
Bogut said he received the results of his medical tests and he did not want to divulge the exact nature of the viral infection that has plagued him for a month.
"It's a little personal," he said. "I can't say what but it's definitely not something too good to have. It's the first time I've had a blood infection. I really don't want to take any more drugs. My immune system is down; I get flush real easy. It's frustrating, especially after my injury. It's a crippling kind of feeling because my energy is not there. I'll try to push through it and see how we go."
Bogut writes that doctors told him the infection "will plague me for months," so I guess we can throw in the towel on seeing a healthy Bogut in 10/11--though many of us probably assumed that back in October. And so it goes.
Redd eyes return, Skiles non-committal. Jeff Goodman writes that Michael Redd is hoping to return by March, with the goal of getting 20-25 games ahead of hitting free agency in the summer. So Scott Skiles is totally pumped, right? Um, yeah.
"We're just going to wait and see when he's cleared to play, when that is, and go from there," said Skiles. "See where we are. See where he's at. He's got something in his mind (for a return) and I think that's important that he's got goals in his mind about when he's going to come back. That's fine. But that's no reason to pre-judge any of it."
In short, don't hold your breath. Redd was inconsistent at best and outright harmful at times while trying to come back from his last ACL injury over a year ago, so you can understand why Skiles would be a bit skeptical about Redd parachuting in for the final month of the season and playing hero. I can understand why the idea of Redd returning has some appeal, but at this point I'm just not sold on the cost/benefit.
Triples over Toronto. Entering their game against the Grizzlies on Monday, the Raptors had a hit a three in 986 straight games. So much for that, though it was probably bound to happen given the Raps are dead last in three point percentage (.320) and second-to-last in threes made per game (4.7).
Del3no returns. Speaking of threes, Carlitos' five bombs against Atlanta on Wednesday were the most by a Buck since Brandon Jennings' 6/13 night vs. Charlotte on November 27.
Brandon's Buddy. DeMar DeRozan is replacing his old friend Brandon Jennings in the dunk contest, and he's coming into his own on the court as well. The Compton native still can't shoot from deep (2/25 threes) but he's still averaging 19.9 ppg this month, including 28 ppg over the last three contests.
Block party. Andrew Bogut may lead the league in blocks per game, but no player who's played more than 20 minutes this season has blocked more shots per minute than Larry Sanders (3.92 blocks/40 minutes). The story isn't as bright on the other end, where Sanders is making just 28% of his long twos--it's called discretion, Larry--and 42.0% overall. Not exactly what you'd hope for from an athletic 6'11" guy. And in case you're curious, Dan Gadzuric is shootig 38% on long twos this year.
Raptors HQ: Toronto drops ninth straight
I've long been a card-carrying member of the Andrea Bargnani haters club--low-efficiency volume scorers and big men who don't rebound have always annoyed me, and Bargs is both. So I'll admit to not-so-secretly enjoying stuff like this from our buds at Raptors HQ:
It's ridiculous that every night, we fans can guess which big men from opposing teams are going to have huge games. Harangody, Armstrong, Speights, Gibson, on and on. How this club expects to start winning games, when it's supposed best player keeps turning in nights like this, is beyond me.
Establishing Bogut early against Bargnani--or the undersized Amir Johnson--is a no-brainer for the Bucks, though I'd also expect to see Ersan Ilyasova get the task of chasing Bargs around the perimeter on the other end.