|2012/2013 NBA Season|
|February 22, 2014|
|BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, WI|
|FS Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ|
|George Hill||PG||Brandon Knight|
|Lance Stephenson||SG||Nate Wolters|
|Paul George||SF||Khris Middleton|
|David West||PF||Ersan Ilyasova|
|Roy Hibbert||C||John Henson|
|2012/13 Advanced Stats|
|93.6 (18th)||Pace||91.8 (25th)|
|104.7 (20th)||ORtg||99.5 (29th)|
|96.3 (1st)||DRtg||109.5 (30th)
Pacers will not have Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen or Danny Granger tonight, so the rotation will look like this: http://t.co/6llhmeuupq— Tim Donahue (@TimDonahue8p9s) February 22, 2014
Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson will be signing autographs outside sections 437-438 at Numbers 400 Club beginning just after 6pm. #MILvIND— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 22, 2014
Heisman Trophy Winner & Wisconsin Football Legend Ron Dayne will be signing autographs behind sec 203 at 6:30pm. #MILvIND— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 22, 2014
We're so committed to the Y2K theme we are giving away a PT Cruiser as the prize for the Potawatomi Jackpot Shot. pic.twitter.com/POmX2ohQe3— Nick Monroe (@nmonroe) February 22, 2014
Changing of the guard. O.J. Mayo looked solid--if occasionally distracted--in his much-delayed return to competitive basketball on Thursday night, scoring 11 points on 5/10 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench. That was probably a bit more burn than Larry Drew would have wanted, but he didn't have much choice with Brandon Knight (foot laceration) and Ramon Sessions (still en route from Charlotte) unavailable. Still, Drew was happy with what he saw, even if he still considers Mayo a ways from being in game shape. Via Andrew Gruman:
"I thought he did a really good job," Drew said. "I saw some really good energy in him. From a rhythm standpoint, I thought he played from within himself and he really exerted himself on the defensive end. It was really good to have him out there and good to see him back in a rhythm.
"He's going to have to play his way into shape. He's not in shape right now but I told him I wanted him to give me the nod when he needed to get a blow. But having been out as long as he's been out, I thought he played well tonight."
Both Knight and Sessions should be available tonight, so we'll presumably see Knight and Wolters reunited as the starting backcourt with Sessions coming off the bench--which would mark his first action as a Buck since leaving Milwaukee in the summer of 2009. Sessions' expiring deal makes it unlikely that we'll see him in a Bucks uniform next season, but that doesn't seem to bother the 27-year-old veteran. Via Charles Gardner:
"I loved playing here my first two years," Sessions said after the shootaround prior to Saturday's home game against Indiana. "When I heard Milwaukee, even though they're going through the rebuilding stages, it was still exciting. They gave me an opportunity to play and I'm just happy to be back in Milwaukee."
Sessions played a key backup role behind starting point guard Kemba Walker in Charlotte. And Sessions' versatility allows him to play either guard spot, something that appealed to the Bucks in making the deal.
"Nate (Wolters) is a young fella; Brandon (Knight) is young also," Sessions said. "Those guys are exceptional players. I'm just going to come in and try to bring my leadership. I've been around for a while. I've played with a lot of different teams and in a lot of different scenarios."