When: Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 PM CST
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Memphis finally got it’s first win of the preseason against Maccabi Tel Avv. While it was certainly an encouraging performance, the team would certainly like to rack up a victory against an actual NBA opponent They’ll get their chance tonight when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks look quite a bit different from last year’s team, as both of their back court starters have been replaced. What was Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis is now Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo. It will be interesting to see what Mayo doe against his old team, specifically Tony Allen, who replaced him as the starting 2-guard three years ago. The two are basically polar opposites, with Allen as a defensive juggernaut with a limited offensive game, while Mayo is one of the league’s better scorers at the shooting guard spot.In the front court, we’ll see what what tag team of Marc and Z-Bo can do against the man known only as LARRY SANDERS! Sanders and Gasol are two of the best bigs in the game, so expect to see an all-out war in the post. The win over Maccabi should have given the Grizzlies their groove back, and the Bucks are about to have their hands full.
Milwaukee has been chillin. Have you missed Mr. Mayo? Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if we’d stayed together. Wouldnt it be fun to hear O.J. Mayo, and say, Mike Conley sing a duet of “Separate Lives” by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin? Well, I’d like to hear that, anyway. Well, then…as I said before, it’s a new look for this Bucks team, although the talent level feels relatively equal. New starting point guard Brandon Knight showed a great deal of potential in his two years with the Detroit Pistons, but he’s never completely put it together. The Bucks are hoping he’ll make the leap. He has the ability to be a great scoring guard, and it’s possible Detroit just wasn’t the right environment for him. meanwhile, mayo started out like gangbusters in his lone year with the Mavericks, but his numbers trailed off near the end of the season when Dirk Nowitzki returned and became the focal point of the offense again, leaving Mayo looking for opportunities. In Milwaukee, Mayo will be the first option, replacing the tantalizing-but-inefficient Monta Ellis. Mayo and Knight are both talented players searching for a team where they fit in. Only time will tell if they’ve found it in Milwaukee.
Be sure to keep tabs on:
– Caron Butler, who the Bucks quietly traded for a few months ago. Butler has been something of an afterthought in his last two years with the Clippers, but that may have been because CP3 and Blake run the how in LA, and he wasn’t getting the chances. Lout for a Tuff Juice revival this year.
– Ed Davis! Let’s just keep watching Ed davis until he starts averaging 12 and 6 off the bench. If we can believe it, we can achieve it!
– Giannis Antetookounmpo. I had to look up how to spell his name. He’s super young, and super raw, but he could be super amazing. This could be your chance to say you watched him way back in 2013, five years before his first all-star selection.
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