|2012/2013 NBA Season|
|December 31, 2013|
|Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA|
|FS Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ|
|Jordan Farmar||PG||Brandon Knight|
|Jodie Meeks||SG||Luke Ridnour|
|Wesley Johnson||SF||Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|Jordan Hill||PF||Ersan Ilyasova|
|Pau Gasol||C||Larry Sanders|
|2012/13 Advanced Stats|
|96.9 (3rd)||Pace||91.7 (26th)|
|102.8 (22nd)||ORtg||98.7 (30th)|
|107.0 (20th)||DRtg||107.5 (23rd)|
Luke Ridnour will start for #Bucks tonight vs. Lakers. Giannis slides to 3 spot and Khris Middleton to come off bench.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) December 31, 2013
Drew said he is simply looking for a shakeup that will produce some victories. Middleton still to get good minutes off bench.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) December 31, 2013
Bigs playing small. For those concerned that the return of Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova might help the Bucks start winning games...well, not so much. Sanders hasn't been bad, but Ilyasova's 4/21 shooting over the past two games has only further cratered his horrendous shooting numbers to 36% from the field and 18% from three. Yikes.
Speaking of big men, John Henson (ankle) is unfortunately not with the team on the current trip, meaning the Bucks will continue to lean on both Sanders and Ilyasova in the near term. And they might as well--regardless of how you feel about them as long term fits in Milwaukee, they're not going to be any more tradeable while rotting on the bench.
Henson's injury struck just as he was playing the best basketball of his young career--fitting of the Bucks' season I suppose--and his return date remains up in the air. While Henson is hoping to be back for the Warriors game a week from now, he could be out longer with what the team is calling a high ankle sprain. Andrew Gruman reports:
Bucks coach Larry Drew says the big man will be out "at least a couple of weeks," but Henson is hopeful he'll be able to return shortly after the team returns from the trip on Jan. 6.
"It's a high-ankle sprain, so I want to stay off of it as much as possible to help it heal," Henson said. "I'll be doing treatment twice a day, working out and doing conditioning. Hopefully this week where I don't go with them will help me come back sooner than later."