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Bucks vs. Thunder preview: The one with Vanilla Ice

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night, as the BMO Harris Bradley Center celebrates the simpler, budget surplus-y time that was the 1990s. Vanilla Ice's halftime performance makes this one to remember already.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
(53-20, 21-15 road)
(35-36, 19-16 home)
March 30, 2013
BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, WI
7:30 CT
FS Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ
Probable Starters
Russell Westbrook PG Brandon Jennings
Thabo Sefalosha SG Monta Ellis
Kevin Durant SF Marquis Daniels
Serge Ibaka PF Ersan Ilyasova
Kendrick Perkins C Larry Sanders
2012/13 Advanced Stats
93.7 (8th) Pace 94.6 (4th)
112.3 (2nd) ORtg 103.7 (21st)
102.4 (4th) DRtg 105.2 (11th)

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Thunder update. They make the tornado in Twister look like a spring breeze.

Milwaukee block party. In addition to the obvious cast of superstars and chuckers, this game features a battle between premier shot blockers. One whose reputation belies his production, and another who's just starting to gain recognition for his efforts. That has less to do with Serge Ibaka as a player and more to do with being on an elite team and how it influences public opinion. Just imagine if Larry Sanders were doing what he's doing on the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, etc. It's almost fitting that the two best shot blocking teams face off on retro 90s night, as the practice has generally fallen by the wayside in recent years.

Durantula repellant. Kevin Durant doesn't exactly light up the scoreboard when the Bucks and Thunder meet. At least relative to his regular scoring numbers. Durant has averaged 23.3 ppg over eight games, third lowest of his career against any team. Likewise, Durant's field goal percentage (44.9% fg) and rebounds (5.8 rpg) versus the Bucks are also below his career averages against most teams. If you're looking for a defensive matchup to watch, go for Marquis Daniels and Luc Mbah a Moute vs. Durant (Larry Sanders vs. Russell Westbrook in the paint would also be worth your time). Both players have the lateral quickness and length to force Durant into a perimeter-oriented game.

Throwback to a better time in the 90s. Vanilla Ice at halftime, acid-washed jeans, retro-fitted player introductions, and tons of other 90s-themed stuff will percolate into the BMO Harris Bradley Center at various points on Saturday night. If you're watching this game from home, dig out those zuba pants and the old purple Glenn Robinson jersey, pop a Zima or Surge, and turn on Funky Cold Medina.