"Guaranteed, made 'em jump like Rod Strickland."
Nov. 5: @Bucks 112 Wizards 104
Jan. 12: Bucks 97 @Wizards 91
Wizards: Gilbert Arenas (knee), Deshawn Stevenson (back), Brendan Haywood (knee), and Etan Thomas (MCL) are out.
Bucks: Michael Redd is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Andrew Bogut is out with a stress fracture in his lower back.
- One. Slow starts have plagued the Bucks in their two straight losses. On Wednesday, they lost the first quarter by a score of 33-23 against the Mavs. Last night, the Hornets took control early by racing to a 29-18 first quarter lead. Tonight might just be a different story: The Wizards are the worst first quarter team in the NBA, with a -3.5 per game differential in the first 12 minutes.
Two. Washington is one of just five NBA teams boasting a pair of 20.0+ point scorers, in the form of Antawn Jamison (21.3) and Caron Butler (20.3). Coincidentally, the Bucks played one of the other teams in their previous game (Hornets with Paul/West) and face one in their next game as well (Nets with Harris/Carter). The other two are the Knicks (Harrington, Randolph) and Spurs (Duncan, Parker). Speaking of coincidences, all three of the "New" teams (Jersey, Orleans, York) make the cut. Without Redd, the Bucks don't even have one active 20.0 point scorer.
Threes. Milwaukee went three-point crazy in the last four minutes against the Hornets last night, making six consecutively. The interesting part is that the late long-range shots were sunk solely by the bench: Luke Ridnour, Damon Jones, Keith Bogans, and Charlie Bell. The starters didn't make a single three (0-7) all game long, in fact. Like the Bucks, injuries have bugged the Wizards this season, including outside threats Arenas and Stevenson. That has contributed to Washington ranking 29th in the NBA on three-pointers, shooting 32.3 %.