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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets: Searching For a Bubble Bounce-back

Milwaukee is 1-1 in the Orlando bubble.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the Milwaukee Bucks after a loss. And it’s headed right for...a bunch of guys wearing Brooklyn Nets jerseys. Brooklyn is already significantly ahead of the equally-depleted Washington Wizards for the Eastern Conference’s sacrificial lamb 8th playoff seed, so they have very little to play for and they’re missing a ton of dudes.

This one could get ugly.

Bucks Update

Milwaukee gritted out a hard-fought victory against the Boston Celtics, and was in position to do the same against the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Alas, a series of late-game blunders threw the door wide open, and the Rockets were too happy to waltz through and take the victory. A post-loss Bucks team is usually a team with something to prove, but most of the message coming from the team is self-reflecting and introspective. End-of-game situations are rare when you blow teams out by double-digits, so here’s hoping the lesson was worth it.

Wes Matthews will sit this one out, but as Matt Velazquez notes, we could see a return of backcourt mates Pat Connaughton and...

Player to Watch: Eric Bledsoe

Welcome back, welcome back. The Bucks were clearly missing their All-Defensive Team point guard ever since play resumed, as their depth simply can’t replicate his on-ball defense or his ball-handling prowess. Using this game as a way to ramp up ahead of Thursday’s showdown against Miami would be ideal.

Update: it’s official.

Nets Update

I’m not going to lie to you. I have no idea who’s going to play for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. I know that they don’t have Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving. I know that Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince, and Wilson Chandler have all opted out of the restart. Then this happens:

Who’s left?! I legitimately don’t know who could still be on this roster. Garrett Temple? Donta Hall?

Player to Watch: Jamal Crawford

Though he was listed as questionable due to his level of conditioning, the 40-year old bucket-getter is always fun to watch. Honestly, if he doesn’t play, I don’t understand why this game is happening. I can’t muster up any further analysis, here’s a Jamal Crawford highlight reel.