What do you say, gang? Can the Raptors make it 10 in a row? Well, the Bucks beat the Hawks on Wednesday so one would think they can probably handle the tail-spinning Raptors tonight.
The most interesting aspect of tonight’s matchup is the fact that, according to Basketball-Reference.com, the Bucks’ have the second-worst offence in the league (100.8 points scored per 100 possessions) while the Raptors have the second-worst defence (112.0 points allowed per 100 possessions). In 43 games this season, the Bucks have scored at least 100 points just nine times. Meanwhile, the Raptors have held their opponents to under 100 points in just 15 of their 46 games. The Bucks have the worst team field goal percentage (.423) while the Raptors have the highest opponent field goal percentage (.483).
You get the idea — it’s like an easily stoppable force meeting an effortlessly movable object. Despite their anemic offence, I actually find the Bucks quite enjoyable to watch when they’re healthy. As you’ll see in the injury report, the Bucks are not particularly healthy at the moment.
Toronto: Leandro Barbosa and Linas Kleiza are out, Jose Calderon and Joey Dorsey are questionable.
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings is in recovery from foot surgery and is doubtful for tonight, while Drew Gooden and John Salmons are listed as questionable.
1. Does it reflect badly on the Raptors’ training staff that Sonny Weems never bothered to stretch before he hurt his back?
2. Do you think DeMar DeRozan will ever achieve his goal of averaging at least six rebounds per game?
3. Remember Michael Redd? He hasn’t played since Jan. 10, 2010 but he’s aiming to return to the Bucks’ lineup in March.
4. Would you believe it’s possible for an NBA player to rack up 20 free throw attempts in just 14 minutes of playing time? That’s what Corey Maggette did in a preseason game on Oct. 22, 2010. Since the 1986-87 season, the fewest amount of minutes in which a player accumulated 20 FTAs was Frank Brickowski’s 24-minute, 20-FTA performance on Feb. 18, 1989.
5. Did you know that the Bucks briefly had a guy named Darington Hobson on their roster? If he was still in the league, he’d have to at least be a “third-teamer” on the All NBA Name Teams, right?
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Liveblog: theScore.com and ScoreMobile with Gino Bottero
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, Julian Wright, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani
Milwaukee: Keyon Dooling, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Corey Maggette, Ersan Ilyasova, Andrew Bogut
With my pregame songs, I usually pick an artist from the home town of the team the Raptors are playing on a given day. Today, I’m going to show some T-dot pride with the quite excellent “The Anthem” by Kardinall Offishall.