|2014/2015 NBA Season
(1-2, 0-2 away)
|November 4, 2014
|Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Indianapolis, IN
|FS Wisconsin | AM 620 WTMJ
|2014/15 Advanced Stats
Game Coverage: Bucks vs Pacers coverage
Kidd hopes rebounding will improve with Parker at 3. "Looking at Ers, Larry and Jabari, hopefully that will put us in a better position."
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 4, 2014
The last sixteen journeys away from the Cream City for the Milwaukee Bucks have made even Jack Kerouac look deeper inside himself.
The Bucks (1-2) look for their first road win since the end of February against the injury-ravaged Indiana Pacers (1-2) Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
It will be another spin of the roulette wheel in terms of minute dispersion for head coach Giannis Antetokounmpo, who's sixth on the team in minutes per game but has seen the bench in favor of Jared Dudley through the first three games. The most commonly used lineup this year from Kidd? Dudley-Brandon Knight-Khris Middleton-Jabari Parker- Larry Sanders (per NBA). Of the 38 different lineups used by the Bucks this year, that is the only one to see time in all three games.. Fans are already getting antsy about the lack of playing time for
Brandon Knight has taken the "most polarizing Buck" torch in the first week of the season, leading the team in scoring but also turnovers (and, if you put stock in plus/minus, Knight's a team-worst -5.7). Khris Middleton is in the same boat, trying to become a catalyst on the outside, but hitting just 28% of his unassisted shot attempts (of which he's had many of).
Parker is still seeking his breakout game after the first three yielded okay results. He will see a lot of time against Luis Scola, who has one of his best career ORtg numbers against Milwaukee (111).
The Pacers, forced to move forward without Paul George for the season, will be operating without David West (ankle), George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) for this matchup. Rodney Stuckey left the Pacers' loss in Atlanta on Saturday with a left foot strain and is questionable against the Bucks.
Will we see any more of Nate Wolters or Kendall Marshall, who have drawn the short straws in the early season? Or will they need to suit up for Indy because HOLY CRAP IT'S LIKE THEY WERE HIT BY A BUS.
This nasty road losing streak will end sometime. Maybe this trip to Indy is what the doct... I'm sorry, what?... the Bucks haven't won there in three-and-a-half years, you say?... and have just three wins in the last nine seasons there?...
The road must eventually lead to the whole world. Ain't nowhere else it can go, right?*
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*hat tip to Kerouac and his search of self for helping contribute to this early November NBA preview