Who: Memphis Grizzlies at Milwaukee Bucks
When: 7:00 PM CST
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Records: Memphis (2-1), Milwaukee (2-0)
Media: Sportsouth, 92.9 FM, 680 AM
Forums: 3 Shades of Blue, Grizzlies Message Board
Memphis came charging back from a terrible first quarter shooting performance to put away Utah in front of the new owners. Led by their big three of Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and a nice game from Quincy Pondexter, the Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on the season after winning at Golden State. The Grizzlies bench and backcourt are starting to wake up after a terrible opening night and will be counted on to continue that against the Bucks. Gasol continues to look great having scored 20 or more in all three games as well as leading the team in assists. Zach Randolph as had a double-double in all three games as well.
Milwaukee is a surprising 2-0 after winning at Boston and an exciting game against Cleveland that was decided by a Brandon Jennings 3 point shot at the buzzer. Milwaukee’s backcourt of Jennings and Monta Ellis is one of the most explosive scoring backcourts in the league and will challenge the Grizzlies backcourt on both ends of the court. The Bucks frontline is a question mark however. Rookie Tobias Harris has been up and down having a big game in Boston but disappearing against the Cavs. Eryan Ilyasova has not impressed yet and Samuel Dalembert is a one-dimensional defensive center. The Bucks bench has former Grizz Drew Gooden, Beno Udrih, Mike Dunleavy and Larry Sanders.
What to Watch For:
This is easy. For the Grizzlies you want to see the team continue their strong interior play, especially a turnaround performance from Rudy Gay who was 3-17 against Utah. The Grizzlies have advantages across the entire front line and if they impose themselves on the game it will make it very difficult for Milwaukee to do stem the tide. No one has been able to slow Gasol down except Gasol himself. Gasol must remain aggressive looking for his shot at the elbow to keep Dalembert away from the basket. If he does this will make it easier for Gay and Randolph to operate close to the basket.
Milwaukee will want to keep the game up tempo dictated by their backcourt’s speed to prevent the Grizzlies big men from setting up down low and pounding the smaller Bucks. The Bucks two wins came against teams without dominant interior scorers so it is not known if their bigs can handle the Grizzlies size and strength down low. By keeping the game uptempo they can try to wear out the Grizzlies big men negating their effectiveness.
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