Who: Memphis Grizzlies at Milwaukee Bucks
When: Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 7:00 PM CST
Where: La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI
Records: Memphis (2-2), Milwaukee (2-1)
Media: No TV, 92.9 FM, 680 AM
Forum Link: 3SOB Forums, Grizz Fan Boards
Memphis fell to the Rockets last night in Houston and now have the unenviable task of playing a back-to-back in preseason with both games coming on the road. After seeing head coach Lionel Hollins stick to a short rotation against Atlanta, he opened things up and played everyone in the building against Houston — literally. Fifteen players saw the floor for the Grizzlies last night. Going by the numbers, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph played well, while Marc Gasol, Mareese Speights and Rudy Gay had an off night. Josh Selby and Wayne Ellington (surprise starter at SG) shot well, while the team as a whole just couldn’t seem to play enough defense when it counted to overcome their own poor offensive performance.
Milwaukee is coming off of a 6-point loss to Chicago on Tuesday night that saw their backcourt defense (or lack thereof) get shredded, despite the fact that former MVP Derrick Rose is still in street clothes for the foreseeable future. They gave up a combined 47 points to Nate Robinson and Rip Hamilton, which has to make Mike Conley’s eyes light up a little bit. That was the Bucks’ first loss of the preseason, as they had previously manhandled divisional foes from Cleveland and Detroit in their first two games. They will look to their own dynamic backcourt for most of their scoring with rookie John Henson out for a couple of weeks after spraining his left knee and suffering a bone bruise in Tuesday night’s loss.
What To Watch For:
The Bucks inability to stop the Bulls backcourt from scoring at will is definitely something to keep an out out for. If Conley can build upon his hot shooting from last night and find ways to get shooters like Ellington and Selby involved early on, it could prove to be disastrous for Milwaukee since that would open the lane for the Grizzlies big men to go to work. As a counter to that, look for the Bucks to have their own speedy guards push the tempo and dominate the ball in an effort to control the flow of the game.