Happy belated: World B. Free turned 55 yesterday. (via flickr)
Bucks (9-14, 4-10 road) @ Warriors (6-15, 3-5 home)
Gametime: 9:30 p.m. central time (FSN-W)
|Luc Mbah a Moute
Bucks: Charlie Bell (ankle) has missed five straight games and is day-to-day. Malik Allen (ribs) left Sunday's game and is day-to-day.
Suns: Monta Ellis (ankle/suspended) is out. Stephen Jackson (hand), Corey Maggette (hamstring), and Anthony Randolph (hand) are doubtful. Brandon Wright (flu-like symptoms) is questionable and Jamal Crawford (ankle) is probable.
Dec. 5: @Warriors 120 Bucks 90
Jan. 19: Warriors 119 @Bucks 99
08/09 Advanced Stats:
Bucks: Offense: 24th (102.9 points/100 possessions) Defense: 13th (105.8) Pace: 14th (91.4)
Warriors: Offense: 15th (107.1 points/100 possessions) Defense: 30th (112.9) Pace: 2nd (97.3)
Bandaged warriors. Monta Ellis and mopeds don't mix. The truly speedy guard is in the latter stages of serving a 30-game suspension for crashing his moped, adding insult to... insult and injury. The crash required ankle surgery and the suspension is without pay. And Bucks fans aren't happy with their two-guard? Two of the team's other biggest stars, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette, are doubtful, with non-moped-related injuries. First round pick Anthony Randolph is likely to join them on the sideline. Meanwhile, the Bucks are about as healthy as ever, with only Charlie Bell and Malik Allen ailing. As the Bucks slide further away from .500, games like this can't be lost.
Youngins runnin' and gunnin'. Golden St. has as many teenagers as guys in their thirties. Rookie forward Randolph is 19 and Stephen Jackson is the eldest Warrior at just 30. They are youthful, full of energy, and like to run, run, and run. They rank second in pace, so expect another game in the 100's tonight. Opponents have scored 100+ in 18 of 21 games (85.7 %) against the Warriors this year. They are the least efficient defensive team in the league, and trading for Jamal Crawford isn't going to change that. The former Knick is averaging 23.3 points and 5.0 assists in December, but he just picked up his first Warrior win two nights ago following seven straight losses.
Thirdly. If the Bucks avoid second quarter disaster they should be in good shape. The Warriors are the NBA's worst third quarter team, with a -4.2 point average, while the Bucks' +1.4 makes them the seventh best third quarter team in the Association. Maybe the Bucks just want to make sure Scott Skiles has plenty of halftime material?