Brandon Knight makes his first return to Milwaukee since being dealt to Phoenix at last year's NBA trade deadline as the Bucks continue their homestand inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
With the Suns losing their last three and the Bucks their last five, somebody walks out of the arena tonight with a streak in the rear view mirror.
If the Bucks want to end this season a positive note, they have eight games remaining to do so. And if Saturday's blowout at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets is any indication for how it might go, buckle up.
Behind an incredible shooting night from deep, the Hornets easily knocked down 16 3-point baskets and smacked the Bucks in one of their more embarrassing losses of the season. Nicolas Batum hit five of those 3-pointers by himself, and recorded 23 of his game-high 25 points in the first half.
John Henson led the Bucks with 19 points off the bench as nobody from the starting lineup had more than 15 points nor finished with a positive +/- rating.
In more important news, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd announced Tuesday that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the team's starting point guard next season.
"We're going to go forward with him handling the ball, and you can call him point guard, point forward, point center, however you want to look at it," Kidd told the media following Tuesday's practice, "but with him having the ball and the pressure he puts on the defense and his ability to find guys has been a plus for us."
The move isn't that shocking considering how he's played after the All-Star break, but Kidd and the team will have to address a few questions this offseason.
Knight was of course included in the deal that acquired Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee. Since joining the Suns, when healthy, his points have slightly jumped with his assists, rebounds and shooting percentages mostly remaining the same. Knight's dealt with ankle and groin issues, limiting his ability to play at full strength, however Phoenix believes in him as a key part of their future and awarded him with a five-year, $70 million deal last summer.
Knight has a relaxed approach to tonight's game as he prepares to face his former teammates.
"I'm not even really thinking about it," said Knight via AZ Central, "It's just another game. I'm going to try to come out and get a win. That was so long ago. It really has no effect. It's part of the past.
"That is part of the past (his time in Milwaukee). For me, I just try to be optimistic about the future. That's being with the Suns and trying to make this situation a good situation. That's what we're doing, trying to finish the season on a strong note so we can be a great team next season."
The emergence of rookie Devin Booker has certainly been a huge positive for the Suns during their disastrous season. Booker has stepped up big for Phoenix after they lost Eric Bledsoe to knee surgery for the season. In the month of March, the former Kentucky product has dropped four 30+ scoring outings and is averaging 22.7 points on 42.9 shooting with five assists per game.
With one of the highest paces in the league, Knight and Booker will definitely aim to give the Suns an advantage against the slow-paced Bucks.
"Their pace is going to be at a high the whole game." Kidd said. "We've got to be prepared to play our pace and take care of the ball and make sure we finish plays on both ends."
On the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun | Arizona Republic
|15/16 NBA Season|
|March 30, 2016|
|BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, WI
|Fox Sports Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ|
|Jerryd Bayless||PG||Brandon Knight|
|Khris Middleton||SG||Devin Booker|
|Jabari Parker||SF||John Jenkins|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||PF||PJ Tucker|
|Greg Monroe||C||Alex Len|
|2015/16 Advanced Stats|