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Injuries. All the hopes for the Bucks in 09/10 seemed conditioned on one simple caveat: "If Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd can stay healthy..."
Tonight we unfortunately get to see what happens when both guys are out. Fortunately, there's that Brandon Jennings guy, who gets the spotlight all to himself against Ray Felton, D.J. Augustin, and the Larry Brown-led Bobs. To make things worse, Luc Mbah a Moute again looks set to watch from the bench.
The Bobs have lost six straight following a 3-2 start, but at least they're doing slightly better on the injury front. Both Tyson Chandler and Boris Diaw are listed as probable with back spasms, with the word being that Chandler could miss out after sitting for the second half of the Bobs' Wednesday loss in Philadelphia with back spasms. Of the Bobs' six losses, four have come by six points or less including each of the last three.
What a difference a week makes. Less than a week ago Stephen Jackson was the starting power forward when the up-tempo, defense-free Warriors got the business end of Brandon Jennings' 55 point outburst. Tonight he'll be the starting shooting guard for the Bobcats, who rank last in the league in pace, second-to-last in offensive efficiency, and fourth in defensive efficiency. In other words, Jackson would be forgiven for feeling a fair bit of culture shock. One thing that hasn't changed is Jackson's workload; he's played 45 minutes in both of his games for Charlotte and led the Bobs with 26 points on 21 shots against the Sixers.