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Game Thread: Grizzlies/Bucks

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21-54 (7-30 road)
32-45 (20-17 home)
April 4, 2009 - 7:00 PM CT
Bradley Center
Radio: 620 WTMJ   TV: FS Wisconsin

Probable starters:

Mike Conley PG Ramon Sessions
O.J. Mayo
SG Charlie Bell
Rudy Gay SF Richard Jefferson
Darrell Arthur
PF Charlie Villanueva
Marc Gasol C Dan Gadzuric
100.7 (28th)
Off (23rd) 103.4
107.2 (22nd)
Def (14th) 104.8
92.4 (23rd)
Pace (11th) 95.1
26.1 (19th)
OReb (7th) 28.1
73.3 (16th) DReb (11th) 74.2


08/09 Series:

Nov. 14: Bucks 101 @Grizzlies 96

62-36.  The Bucks utterly annihilated the Grizzlies on the glass, outrebounding them by 26 in total.  In fact, the Bucks grabbed nearly as many offensive rebounds (23) as the Grizzlies managed defensive boards (28), a feat I can't recall happening anytime recently.  The Bucks' poor shooting certainly created more opportunities to chalk up rebounds, but full marks to Mbah a Moute (17 total), Bogut (15), and Jefferson (10) for outworking their opponents all night.


Grizzlies: Chris Mihm (right ankle surgery) and Mike Wilks (right knee surgery) are out. Marko Jaric (flu-like symptoms) is questionable.

Bucks: Michael Redd (torn ACL and MCL) and Andrew Bogut (stress fracture in lower back) are out. Francisco Elson (strained right hip flexor) did not play on Thursday.

Three Points

  • In your glass house. Milwaukee claims 11 more wins than Memphis, but the Grizzlies ride a three game winning streak into Milwaukee while the Bucks have only won three times in the past month. The Grizzlies beat the Mavericks 107-102 last night in Tennessee. The Bucks pounded the Griz on the glass the first time these two met, as Frank noted in the recap quoted above. So, the fact that Memphis (a poor rebounding group) beat Dallas (a good rebounding team) by a baker's dozen (45-32) on the glass was something that jumped out at me while perusing the box score. Philly crushed Milwaukee on the boards (44-28) on Thursday.
  • April assists. Last year, Ramon Sessions concluded April and the regular season with 10, 14, 13, 24, and 14 assists in the final five games. Now he has started this April with 16 and 10 dimes. And that comes after he had just one double-digit assist night in all of March. Based on his warming up with the weather, something tells me Ramon would thrive in the playoffs. Maybe next April.
  • Enter the Bradley Center. Or exit it? The Bucks already have won more games at home than they did last year (19). A victory tonight will push Milwaukee to 21-17 at the Bradley Center and guarantee them a winning home record. Even in a season that will end regularly rather than in the playoffs, the Bucks made more good memories than bad ones for the hometown fans this season. Nonetheless, there are deeper Bradley Center issues to examine, and Drew Olson first and then Michael Hunt recently weighed in with good articles about the state of the stadium.

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