The Washington Wizards play the Milwaukee Bucks in the land of the frozen tundra tonight. Recent Wiz history against the Bucks isn’t anything to brag about. On April Fools Day 2007 in Milwaukee, Caron Butler broke his hand on the backboard, and last season, he hurt his hip during another game in Brew City. In December ’05, Mo Williams did this…..but Gilbert returned the favor when he hit this January ’07 buzzer beater the night after the Wizards lost to the Bucks by 17. All-time, the Wizards are 73-100 against the Bucks….time to get crackin’.
But last year….
Game 31: Wizards @ Milwaukee
Michael Redd was out and the Wizards blew out the Bucks from the jump, leading 23-10 after one quarter. There was a Michael Ruffin sighting, the Bucks have a beat writer named Mike Hunt that Steve Buck couldn’t stop gabbing about, and an errant basketball hit a plump lady walking court-side with a full beer (damn, they took the video down). Nick Young had over a dozen peoples in the crowd (he’s got some sort of connection to Milwaukee), but that couldn’t match Caron Butler’s 40+ folks. Final: Wizards 101 – Bucks 77
Game 42: Wizards @ Milwaukee
Michael Redd was once again out for this game. The Wizards weren’t exactly playing well and the Bucks went on a 17-6 run to close out the 1st half up 40-37. In the 2nd half, Andrew Bogut had his way with Haywood (18 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists for the game) and former Wizards Awvee Storey and Ruffin made crucial appearances.
The Wizards went on a crazy 11-0 run in the final 74 seconds to send the game into overtime. But that damn Mo Williams hit two HUGE threes with 80 and then 48 seconds left in OT. Royal Ivey hit a deuce as the shot-clock was running down, 6 seconds left in the game, to seal the deal and put Milwaukee up 103-99. Oh yea….Caron Butler tore his labral this game. Final: Wizards 102 – Bucks 105
Game 63: Wizards vs. Bucks
Finally…Mo Williams would not have the chance to be a Wizards killer (he sat out the game with pubic symphysitis…..ick). The Game: Nick Young dunked on the American-hating Andrew Bogut and got a tech for it. That game, Young set a new career high with 22 points…..which helped overcome the 8 turnovers of Antawn Jamison.
I found this 60-second, 4-player span particularly interesting: Andray Blatche makes Charlie V look like a fool with a spin move for a hoop in the post. Michael Redd comes back down and hams up Nick Young, getting to the basket and drawing a foul. Nick Young cries arm push, yet, goes back down the court and hits a 3 on Redd. Andray bothers Villanueva on the inbounds, causing the ball to go off the back of the backboard, Wizards ball. Nick Young turns it over against Redd. The Bucks goes down in transition and Blatche fouls Villanueva, 2 FTs for him. Final: Wizards 105 – Bucks 97
Game 75: Wizards vs. Bucks
Talked about this one enough and don’t care to speak about it, or Ramon F-ing Sessions (unless he’s killing for me in the Bullets Forever NBA Fantasy League) anymore. Final: Wizards 109 – Bucks 110
Gilbert had some choice words for the city of Milwaukee…..he better be ready for the boos tonight. Catch up with the past below
- Gilbert Arenas doesn’t like Milwaukee, and that’s good for the NBA
- DC vs. Milwaukee: My City Can Beat Up Your City
Other Good Readin’
Caron Butler: “I saw their game against the Knicks, and they did a lot of different things. They took Jamal Crawford out of the game. It was tough for David Lee to get into a rhythm because Andrew Bogut was playing well on both ends of the floor. … I even noticed Michael Redd is really concentrating on being aggressive on defensive end.” [via Washington Times]
Eddie Jordan on Defensive Philosophy: “We wanted to continue the philosophy of being disruptive defensively,” Jordan said. “Pressure, traps, rotations and some zone defenses. It seems that’s always sort of our underlying state: causing turnovers and get them out of an offensive rhythm and get out into the open floor.” [via Washington Post]
Etan Thomas Doesn’t Practice: Center Etan Thomas, who started the first two games, missed practice today with a sprained left ankle, an injury he suffered during Saturday’s loss in Detroit. Coach Eddie Jordan said Thomas would be evaluated tomorrow before a decision is made about his status for tomorrow night’s game against the Bucks. Jordan did not indicate whom he would start if Thomas is unable to go, but rookie JaVale McGee would be a logical choice. [via Wizards Insider]
Big Oily 1: Jordan said he has
n’t decided whether Oleksiy Pecherov will make his season debut on Wednesday after being inactive the last two games, but he feels for the second-year forward. “It’s agonizing telling a guy he’s not going to play that night,” Jordan said. Pech, meanwhile, is maintaining a positive outlook. He stayed on the court 15 minutes longer than any other Wizard, working on his shot. [via Wizards Outlet]
Big Oily 2: The interesting thing about Pecherov is that the Wizards drafted him in 2006 but still really don’t have a good idea of what he can be. Remember, he didn’t start playing organized ball back in Ukraine until he was 15 and he spent what would have been his rookie year overseas working on his game. [via Wizards Insider]