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Game 36: Bucks/Blazers

Clyde glidin'.

2009/2010 NBA Season


23-16 (14-7 home)
15-20 (4-13 road)
January 13, 2010
Rose Garden
9:05 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Andre Miller
PG Brandon Jennings
Brandon Roy
SG Charlie Bell
Martell Webster
SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Lamarcus Aldridge
PF Ersan Ilyasova
Juwon Howard
C Andrew Bogut

(7th) 110.2 - OFFENSE - 101.9 (25th)
(18th) 106.8 - DEFENSE - 103.0 (5th)
(30th) 87.4 - PACE - 93.4 (11th)

Blazers Edge / Oregon Live / Rip City Project

Drive slow. One game after facing the league's fastest team (Phoenix) the Bucks now go against the slowest in the NBA. Don't be fooled by some low scores though; Portland boasts an efficient offense.

Brandons. First, Jennings. In the initial matchup, he handed out 11 dimes, still the only game that he's reached double digit assists. Sort of hard to believe, really, but it's not like he has a ton of legit scoring options running with him. The Bucks are the NBA's worst team converting at the rim, something Bogut demonstrated far too clearly late in the fourth against Phoenix.

Meanwhile, Jennings is shooting 28.0 % from the field this month, and is down to 38.9 % for the season. Worse, that 38.9 % is still better than fellow guards Carlos Delfino (37.6), Charlie Bell (37.2), Jodie Meeks (37.2), and Michael Redd (35.2). Of course, Ridnour (50.5 %) is still off the charts.

There is some good news: Young Buck has maintained recently that he is a better passer than scorer, and we've seen some beauties lately, particularly showing nice on-court chemistry with Warrick.

Now, Roy. The Bucks played Brandon Roy plenty tough enough the first time around, as Luc Mbah a Moute and Carlos Delfino (seriously) made the star guard work for everything. He still hit that memorable game-tying shot to force overtime, but Roy shot just 8-24 overall.

This was back when Charlie Bell was getting DNP-CD'd. Mbah a Moute, Delfino, and Bell will all likely take their shot at matching up with Roy tonight. While we are on the general subject, Kevin Durant tweeted last night that Mbah a Moute and Artest play the best defense on him, a nice bit of praise from the NBA's fourth leading scorer.

Rose gardening. Game three of the much-feared west coast road trip recommences tonight, and yet this makes the third opponent in a row coming off a loss. Though these aren't the kind of teams that go on losing streaks, as we have already seen.

The Blazers fell at home on Sunday to the Cavaliers by a 106-94 count, no real shame since LeBron went on and on being on, dropping 41/10/8. Portland has dropped three of four though, even falling at home to the Sixers and Grizzlies in the past few weeks.

Still, the Rose Garden remains a packed, festive place to play for Portland. At home this season already, the Blazers have beaten the Lakers, Nuggets, Suns, Spurs, and Rockets.

It was one month and one day ago today. The Bucks have almost beaten some really excellent teams this year -- the Lakers, Mavericks, and Magic come to mind. But they actually have already topped the two best teams in the Northwest Division: Their marquee wins this season came over the Nuggets and in double overtime against the Blazers. That home win against Portland came exactly a month and a day ago.