The last time the Nets visited Milwaukee.
Jan. 9: @Bucks 104 Nets 102
Feb. 3: @Nets 99 Bucks 85
Nets: Eduardo Najera (lower abdominal strain) is out. Keyon Dooling (sore right hip) did not play Sunday while Devin Harris (stomach virus) did play Sunday.
Bucks: Michael Redd (torn ACL and MCL) and Andrew Bogut (stress fracture in lower back) are out. Joe Alexander (sprained right ankle) is questionable.
- Devin in heaven. Former Wauwatosa East and University of Wisconsin star Devin Harris yesterday was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after extraordinary exploits highlighted by a truly unreal buzzer-beater. Those three points are the only ones people remember, but he scored a no-fluke 39 in the game, along with nine boards. Harris separates himself from other point guards by making 7.5 free throws per game, ranking second in the NBA. The next true point guard on the free throw list is Chris Paul, down at 15th. Ramon Sessions is also at his best when attacking the rim and hitting free throws, but isn't yet consistent in this regard. Sessions averaged 11.5 free throw makes per game in an incredible first four games of February, but has averaged 1.7 in the last three games. Please do recommence attack mode, Ramonster.
The life and times of Vince Carter. Gushing about Jersey's starting backcourt, volume two: I remember feeling old when Marcel Mutoni at SLAM wrote that he felt old that Vince Carter, of all people, is... kind of old. Vinsanity is 32, which isn't actually old, but isn't basketball-young either. I'm in the blogger-minority as someone who appreciates Carter, but this guy was leading Team USA Olympic gold before it was fashionable again, and is vying for his 10th straight 20.0+ point season in a row. After immediately taking the league by storm, he moved from so-overrated-he's-underrated status quickly. At his peak, Carter's blend of coordination, outside shooting touch, and athleticism was rivaled by... whom exactly, I don't know. He can still play a little bit too: 20.6 points, 4.8 assists, and 5.1 rebounds on .436/.386/.815. Oh, and for kids that aren't getting old like Vince (and myself), here is some classic Carter you might have missed.
8 Ball. March in Milwaukee means not only waking up to a few feet of snow, but also that we are preparing for a final stretch of the regular season. The Bucks lead the Nets by 1.5 games (and the Bulls by 1.0) for the final, number eight playoff spot . And thanks to the aforementioned backcourt, and a fast-progressing Brook Lopez in the frontcourt, the Nets are probably in the race to stay. Head-to-head matchups are key, and the Bucks play the Bulls on Thursday and the Nets again on March 30.