Bucks vs. Wizards Preview | Birthday boy and banged up Bucks look for revenge on the road

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It's a shame now 19 year-old Giannis can't celebrate his birthday in Milwaukee. He'll have to make due in D.C. as the Bucks look to equalize their record against the Wizards this year after dropping a tough contest just over a week ago.

2013/2014 NBA Season
Mil_medium
(3-15, 1-8 away)
vs.
Was
(9-9, 6-2 home)
December 6, 2013
Verizon Center | Washington, D.C.
6:00 CT
FS Wisconsin  | 620 WTMJ
Probable Starters
Brandon Knight PG John Wall
O.J. Mayo SG Trevor Ariza
Khris Middleton SF Martell Webster
Ersan Ilyasova PF Nene
John Henson C Marcin Gortat
2013/14 Advanced Stats
92.1 (24th) Pace 93.7 (15th)
96.9 (30th) ORtg 103.4 (20th)
107.0 (25th) DRtg 104.0 (10th)

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Wizards update: Otto Porter, the Wizards first-round pick in the 2013 draft (third overall), may make his season debut tonight or very soon thereafter. Being out the whole year with a hip injury, Porter faces the challenge of not only working his way back from injury, but also acclimating himself to the challenges in the NBA game. Bullets Forever has more on the potential debut:

"Porter's injury has had a detrimental effect on his conditioning, so at least initially, he's probably going to play limited and be half a step slower than normal. The players he'll take minutes from - Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster will be the most directly affected by Porter's debut, and Chris Singleton will most likely be shifted even further down the bench - have been very effective so far.

[...]

Even under the best of circumstances, there's always a learning curve for rookies. Porter's a smart player, with a more NBA ready game than almost anyone else taken in the lottery this year, and should be able to do a lot of the same things as both players. He's just not going to do them well, at least not initially."

Birthday boy: Today is Giannis Antetokounmpo's 19th birthday. He's probably expected to play quite a bit tonight, with Ekpe Udoh and Zaza Pachulia expected to join Caron Butler on the shelf tonight. So, the best birthday present he could possibly get right now (considering his family is still unable to join him in Milwaukee) is also the best gift for the fans. How perfect.

Speaking of Giannis, if you haven't had a chance to see his blog post (graciously translated from Greek by Thodoris Galanos), do so immediately. It really is a fascinating insight into this young player's mindset and life off the court. Also, the "19 year old big man" offered up some very lovable quotes, per KL Chouinard and our friends at Bucksketball.

Extra pre-game reads: Jeremy Schmidt from Bucksketball wrote a nice piece on (guess who) Giannis and his literal and figurative growth through the first month of the season. Also, in case you missed it, we covered the story behind Caron Butler (who is not Giannis, for the record) wanting to buy at least a minority share in the Bucks after he retires. If the business tone of it bores you, at least go check it out for the photo.

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