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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks


I just want to say to all of you, "I love Milwaukee." (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)


Too bad Gilbert Arenas won't be able to play tonight -- and not just because the Washington Wizards desperately need something to go their way in the early part of the season. But it would have added some serious spice to an otherwise bland game on the NBA schedule.

Remember what Arenas had to say when his former Arizona teammate Richard Jefferson was traded from New Jersey to Milwaukee last summer? Arenas mocked Jefferson in his blog, and added four words that Bucks fans surely can't forget: "Every player hates Milwaukee."

Now, the Wizards will just try to focus on winning their first game of the season in a place that has not been kind. The Bucks have won 14 of the past 18 games against Washington at Bradley Center in the past 10 seasons.

The Bucks are 2-2 this season, but they could easily be 3-1, if not for a difficult 91-87 loss to Toronto in their home opener last Saturday. They beat New York 94-86 on Saturday, although Michael Redd sprained his ankle in the third quarter of that game and point guard Luke Ridnour was on the inactive list with back spasms. Both are listed as day-to-day for the game Wednesday.

Here's what you should know about the Bucks heading into the game:

1. New Coach Scott Skiles doesn't mess around. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a story on his intensity, which isn't so bad in the initial years -- although stints in Phoenix and Chicago prove that his harsh stances eventually wear on his players.

2. New Bucks General Manager John Hammond, a former executive with the Detroit Pistons, is quickly making moves in Milwaukee. Within a few weeks, he traded Yi Jianlian to get Jefferson, and later sent Mo Williams to Cleveland. This Q&A offers a little insight into his vision.

3. With a new coach, Jefferson and an unproven point guard in Ramon Sessions, the Bucks are still trying to figure each other out.

By Michael Lee  |  November 5, 2008; 9:38 AM ET
 
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The only real difference between these two teams at this stage is that the Wizards think they are good (they are not really sure though and need some positive reinforcment) and the Bucks know they want to be good and will work (thank you Scott Skiles) to get there. Intensity throughout the game will make the difference in winning or losing. The Wiz on the boards right now are a joke unless McGee starts. Thomas is so offensively challenged it is hard to believe he is a professional. Wonder whether AB gets off the bench? Does Eddie hold grudges. You bet your sweet bippy he does.

Posted by: h20law2000 | November 5, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

h20law2000...the wiz would be even worse on the boards if javale mcghee started.....yeah he is 7 foot but rebounding is not one of his strong points. Etan is 10 times better on the boards

Posted by: beas13 | November 5, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Note to H20law2000: Thank you Scott Skiles?What? are you a closet Bucks fan? or is that another cheap shot at EJ? EJ doesn't hold grudges he just wants a consistent effort out of his players go back to a year ago right around this time the Wiz were on their way to an 0-5 start with no Gilbert Eddie stayed focused kept the players minds on the bigger picture and they turned it around with no BTH that might be a tad bit harder this season but i have faith in EJ as a coach and if the players buy in the Wiz will be allright.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 5, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

h20law2000...the wiz would be even worse on the boards if javale mcghee started.....yeah he is 7 foot but rebounding is not one of his strong points. Etan is 10 times better on the boards

Posted by: beas13 | November 5, 2008 10:38 AM

Rebounding is not one of Darius Songaila's strong points either. That doesn't stop Eddie from playing the 6-8 short armed, vertically challenged veteran extended minutes at C.

Etan isn't a very good rebounder either. At 6-9, he's also compromised defensively because of his lack of length.

As long as Eddie continues to stick with these undersized options at C, the Wizards will get thoroughly dominated on the boards.

Posted by: Dat2U | November 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The Bucks are an organization that was willing to make some moves this offseason and appear to be much improved.

The Wizards on the other hand, still point that one week stretch when they were in 1st place in the Eastern Conference 20 months ago as a reason to maintain "continuity".

Posted by: Dat2U | November 5, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Rebounding is paramount. The last time i looked at the league box scores, the winner won the rebounding battle in every game. If McGee can't rebound better than ET or DS then he was a wasted draft choice. I would start him or Blatche at center. Hey maybe even pecherov. I would also start Nick young to get offense going early. But if the Wiz do not rebound better Gil will not make any difference.

Posted by: puttforever | November 5, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"The Wizards on the other hand, still point that one week stretch when they were in 1st place in the Eastern Conference 20 months ago as a reason to maintain "continuity".

Posted by: Dat2U | November 5, 2008 12:32 PM "

Ain't that the truth.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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