Wizards 30-41 vs Bucks 45-27
When: Thursday, March 24th, at 8:00p.m.
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
TV: NBCS Washington, Bally Sports Wisconsin
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM/ 103.3 FM WTMJ
Wizards: Brad Beal (Out, Left Wrist Surgery), Kyle Kuzma (Out, Right Knee Tendinitis)
Bucks: DeAndre Bembry (Out/ Right Knee Surgery), Khris Middleton (Out, Left Wrist Soreness)
Keep an eye on:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: self explanatory. He's arguably the most dominant player in the NBA today.
More Aggressive Rui Hachimura: is not just what the Wizards should want, it's also what they need. Outside, Brad Beal and possibly Kyle Kuzma, Hachimura is Washington's most complete scorer. He can shoot from 3-point range, mid-range, he can score out of the high and low post, as well as drive to the basket and hit free throws....EFFICIENTLY. Hachimura is averaging a career low 10.2 points per game, yet, shooting career highs in field goal percentage (49.6%) and 3-point percentage (48.1%) on 8 attempts per game. He SHOULD be more aggressive, he's earned that right with his production and if Washington wants to have any chance in defeating the reigning NBA Champions, he will HAVE to be aggressive and take shots AI style.
Points in the Paint: has been an issue for Washington throughout the season, yet, it's gotten worse as of late and with the reigning NBA champs on the schedule, they have to deal with that immediately if they have any hopes of winning tonight's contest. Washington ranks 21st in the NBA in points allowed in the paint, allowing 48.3 points per game in the paint. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is second in the NBA in PITP, averaging 15.5 points per game this season. Not a great situation for a Wizards team desperately looking for a win. It's simple, Washington needs to be more physical defensively....especially inside with their front court. Too often they're getting bullied in the paint by opposing front courts. Sometimes it comes down to will and the Wizards has to fight inside or it will get UGLY, quick, fast and in a hurry tonight.