The Milwaukee Bucks fell short in their attempt to catch the Indiana Pacers for the eighth seed in the East, so like the Raptors they’re basically playing for draft position at this point. For Raptors fans, the biggest reason to pay attention to the final two games is probably the ongoing coming-out party for Jerryd Bayless, who has scored at least 19 points in each of his last six games. Whatever you think of his game, you have to admit he’s making a pretty strong case to be the Raptors’ starting point guard next season.
The Bucks were the last team Bayless faced before his impressive six-game run, and he was held to eight points and three assists in 21 minutes in that game. Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings lit up the Raptors for 25 points in their previous matchup, so the Jennings vs. Bayless battle would seem to be the one to watch tonight.
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson, Leandro Barbosa and Sonny Weems didn’t travel with the team to Milwaukee.
Milwaukee: Andrew Bogut and Jon Brockman are both out for the season.
1. Did you know that if the Bucks win tonight, it will be the first time they will have swept the season series over the Raptors since the 2001-02 season?
2. Which team (Raptors or Bucks) do you believe has a more promising future based on their current personnel and likely draft positions?
3. Did you notice that Drew Gooden messed around and got his first career triple-double (#icecube) of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists on Saturday against Cleveland? Russell Westbrook is the only other player to record a triple-double with at least 13 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists this season.
4. Are you excited about the possibility of a full season with Jerryd Bayless and DeMar DeRozan as the Raptors’ starting backcourt? In April, DeRozan is averaging 25.0 points per game while Bayless is averaging 23.2 points per game.
5. Do you think Derrick Rose clinched the MVP award with his 39-point performance to lead the Bulls over the Magic on Sunday?
Start time: 8:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Reggie Evans
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Luc Mbah a Moute, Drew Gooden
For tonight’s pregame “song”, I’m going to go with Wisconsin native Butch Vig explaining the production process for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. It’s pretty interesting, even if you weren’t a Nirvana fan.