Bobcats update. Two weeks after getting rocked in Milwaukee, the Bobcats close out their season series against the Bucks hoping to earn a split of the season series in Charlotte. Mike Dunlap's club has lost four in a row and 55 of their last 66 games, following a surprising 7-5 start that included a narrow win over the Bucks back in November. They were last seen getting throttled 113-93 last night in Detroit despite 28 points, six dimes and five rebounds from Kemba Walker.
Needless to say, Bobcat fans can only look to the future as they appear headed to the worst record in the league for the second straight season. A short list of problems: Charlotte ranks last in the league in defensive efficiency, eFG% (both own and allowed), defensive rebound rate and three pointers allowed. So...yeah.
Deer season. No word yet on the availability of Brandon Jennings (sore Achilles) and Larry Sanders (back), though you'd guess that the Bucks won't take any chances with either. Ersan Ilyasova returned from illness to score 25 against the Hawks last night, stroking five threes in the first half before going quiet in the second (1/4 fg, 3 pts). Meanwhile, John Henson had his hands full against Al Horord down low, but had his moments and figures to start again if Sanders is unavailable. Every Bucks fan wants Sanders back and healthy as soon as possible, but getting an extended look at Henson is a nice silver lining while he's out. On the plus side, the Bobcats' lack of size and experience up front should make for better matchups than the Al Horford/Josh Smith combo that battered the Bucks last night.
If Jennings sits out again, expect to see tons of minutes, shots, assists and turnovers for Monta Ellis (obviously), as well as another extended look at Ish Smith. Smith acquitted himself rather well last night in Atlanta, though the Bucks were once again unable to contain Jeff Teague (24 pts, 10 ast) with any consistency.
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