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Bucks/Raptors: Looking for redemption north of the border

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2010/2011 NBA Season


29-44 (10-25 road) 20-53 (14-22 home)
March 30, 2010
Air Canada Centre
6:00 PM CST
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings
PG Jose Calderon
John Salmons
SG DeMar DeRozan
Carlos Delfino
SF James Johnson
Luc Mbah a Moute
PF Amir Johnson
Andrew Bogut
C Andrea Bargnani*

(29th) 101.3 - OFFENSE - 105.6 (22nd)
(4th) 102.6 - DEFENSE - 112.3 (30th)
(25th) 89.8 - PACE - 93.5 (10th)

On the Raptors: Raptors HQ / Raptors Republic / RaptorBlog

With another disastrous meltdown in the books, Milwaukee continues their critical three-game road trip. At this point, though, the critical-ness might have given way to irrelevance. While the Bucks can still pick up a game on Indiana (and simultaneously earn the tiebreaker over the Pacers) when they meet later this week, they've also fallen a full three games behind in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. There is one remaining option: win.

Bucksketball: Salmons' 4th-Quarter production is gone - Jeremy offers a little more context to the disaster that is Milwaukee's fourth-quarter offense. Even for those of us who have watched just about every game, the numbers are pretty incredible. It's no stretch to surmise that Salmons' struggles (holy alliteration!) have compounded the frustration and dysfunction of the rest of the offense during crunch time. It's highly unlikely Brandon Jennings would have shot 2-12 in the fourth quarter against the Bobcats if he had a reliable scoring option on the wing. Maybe that game is a bad example, though, since Andrew Bogut attempted only two shots in the whole quarter despite being hugely effective early in the game.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: Skiles wants more out of bench - Charles F. Gardner talked to Coach Skiles and the players about how the coming-and-going of players on the bench has affected the team. With the returns of Drew Gooden and Michael Redd, Skiles' shortened rotation has probably gotten a little longer. The Bucks have rarely had the luxury of bringing in fresh players when somebody is struggling, so perhaps a deeper rotation (as is common with Scott Skiles) will be a boon to the offense. But with only nine games remaining, one has to question whether it's truly something to get excited about. The Raptors' injury report currently reads like an outpatient chiropractic facility, full of sore joints and bruised limbs. SportsNet's Paul Jones reports Reggie Evans will play tonight, while Andrea Bargnani is a game-time decision. A number of other players remain on the injury report listed as day-to-day, but are expected to play. Update: As Jacob points out below, the Raptors' official twitter feed posted that Andrea Bargnani is cleared to play and will start tonight.

Season sweep in play: This is the third game in Milwaukee's four-game season series against Toronto, and the Bucks have already won the first two games. The Raptors will return to Milwaukee on April 11th, hopefully with that same sweep still in play.