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Game Thread: Wizards/Bucks

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Ramon capitalized on a last-second chance in the capitol.

Wizards (0-2) @ Bucks (2-2)

Gametime: 7:00 p.m. central time (FSN-W)


Bucks: Ramon Sessions / Charlie Bell / Richard Jefferson / Charlie Villanueva / Andrew Bogut

Wizards: Antonio Daniels / Deshawn Stevenson / Caron Butler / Antawn Jamison / Etan Thomas


Bucks: Michael Redd (ankle) is and Luke Ridnour (back) are day-to-day and Ridnour might play, Redd is unlikely to play.

Wizards: Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Brendan Haywood (wrist) are out.

07/08 Series:

Jan. 4: Wizards 101 @Bucks 77

Jan 27: @Bucks 105 Wizards 102

March 11: @Wizards 105 Bucks 97

April 2: Bucks 110 @Wizards 109

08/09 Advanced Stats:

Bucks: Offense: 18th (102.3 points/100 possessions) Defense: 14th (101.8)  Pace: 18th (91.4)

Wizards: Offense: 13th (106.1 points/100 possessions) Defense: 27th (116.0) Pace: 17th (91.4)

Three points:

  • They kneed Gil. Sans lover of all things Milwaukee Gilbert Arenas (out after undergoing knee surgery), the Wizards are sans a victory this season. They opened with a double digit home loss to the Nets in which they shot 37.0 %. Yi Jianlian scored more than any Wizard in that game. They followed with a more acceptable loss in Detroit. Worth noting in that game is that Nick Young went for 23 points off the bench, including 11-11 at the line. Young is a bouncy guard who lit up Milwaukee for 22 points on 9-15 off the bench in one game as a rook last season. This season already, the Bucks have allowed opposing guards to score off the bench, including Ben Gordon (18 points), Kirk Hinrich (16), Russell Westbrook (13), and Nate Robinson (14).
  • Low turnover. Antawn Jamison has played 80 minutes this season. He's scored 38 points in that span. He also hasn't turned the ball over. Truly, coughing the ball up hasn't been the reason for Washington's slow start. The Wizards rank fourth in the NBA in turnovers per game, with just 11.5. That low turnover rate isn't the reflection of a particularly slow pace either. In fact, they've sped up a bit since last season, when they played at the fourth slowest pace in the NBA. Rather interestingly, the Bucks and Wizards are both averaging 91.4 possessions per game this season.
  • Second to some. Star second-rounder Arenas is out, and Redd might be too. However, Milwaukee continues to find second round success. They dealt away Mo Williams in the offseason, but he's been replaced in the backcourt by fellow second-rounder Ramon Sessions, who has stormed back into the limelight after following a pair of DNP's with a couple of strong performances. The Wizards won't need any reminders about Ramon; check the video at the top for proof of that. The club's most recent second-round pick, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, also has been impactful, even registering slightly more minutes per game (22.53-22.41) than Charlie Villanueva thus far. That should make the Prince a happy Buck, not bad for a guy many projected to be a Mad Ant.

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