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Bucks vs. Knicks Preview: Giannis, Jabari take on Carmelo under the lights in NYC

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2014/2015 NBA Preseason
Mil_medium
(2-3, 1-2 away)
vs.
Nyk
(2-2, 0-1 home)
October 20, 2014
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
6:30 CT
No Local TV / MSG | 620 WTMJ / Audio League Pass
Probable Starters
Kendall Marshall PG Jose Calderon
Khris Middleton SG Iman Shumpert
Jared Dudey SF Carmelo Anthony
Jabari Parker PF Jason Smith
John Henson C Samuel Dalembert
2013/14 Advanced Stats
91.8 (24th) Pace 90.3 (28th)
103.0 (26th) ORtg 108.3 (11th)
111.8 (30th) DRtg 109.1 (24th)

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Bright Lights, Big City. Listen, I've been to Cedar Rapids. It's a lovely place. But now it's the preseason BIG TIME. BUCKS. KNICKS. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. IT'S THE NBA ON...MSG.

Jabari Present and Future? After his performance in last Friday's preseason game against the Timberwolves, thoughts of the future have taken a firm back seat to happy feelings of the present. He's dunking off spin moves for clutch (preseason) daggers and what-not, so let's take this opportunity to be like "SWEET."

But if your mind wanders back to the not-yet-come-to-pass, tonight will be a good night to dream of what might be, because tonight Parker and the Bucks take on his most-mentioned player comparison in Carmelo Anthony.

Preseason has definitely validated those comparisons to a certain extent. Parker has demonstrated some of the same isolation scoring ability that has made Anthony a superstar. But Melo has also made tremendous strides as a player himself in recent years, turning himself into a solid playmaker, excellent rebounder, and even a capable defender. While the Carmelo comps for Jabari might feel a bit lazy, nobody should have any issue with Parker at least drawing "inspiration" from the man lined up across from him tonight.

And be warned--if/when Melo and Jabari do find themselves matched up, Twitter will have a spell.

Sanders out until..the opener? Having missed about a week with flu-like symptoms, Larry Sanders was ruled out of the Bucks' remaining preseason games on Friday due to...ah, well, it's unclear.

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure this afternoon at Froedtert Hospital, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Sanders will miss the remaining three preseason games but is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

The good news is that Sanders isn't expected to be out long, though the vagueness of what was actually wrong with him will understandably raise eyebrows. No one will care if he's indeed back in time for the opener a week from Wednesday, though given his recent history it's difficult not to be at least a little concerned (and curious). Either way: Feel better, Larry.

Other than Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova (sore knee) is also expected to sit out while Brandon Knight (groin) remains a question mark. Given Jason Kidd's ongoing rotation experimentation, consider the starters listed above as mere guesses.

UPDATE: Knight and Ilyasova are out, as is Zaza Pachulia. Silver lining: Lots of Parker and Henson. Huzzah!

Practice Report. The Bucks practiced in New York on Sunday, and Jim Paschke was there to catch up with O.J. Mayowho's coming off a pair of strong preseason performances.