By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
Knicks vs. Bucks | Resch Center (Green Bay, WI)
When: Wednesday | 8:00 PM
Where to Watch: MSG
Where to Listen: ESPN 98.7 FM
New York: Preseason games aren't supposed to go to overtime, the thinking goes, but the Knicks' double overtime thriller on Monday in Toronto served up some welcomed excitement with the regular season just around the corner. With the starters that did suit up playing most of the first half, New York took a nine-point lead into the break -- the offense "clicking," as Carmelo Anthony said afterward -- but the Raptors made some big shots down the stretch to seal the 3-point victory. Melo added eight rebounds to his nine points, the only starter to finish with fewer than 10 points, and seven players scored in double figures.
Milwaukee: After experimenting with a backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis and topping out as the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks decided to go in a different direction this offseason. They let Ellis walk as a free agent and traded Jennings to Detroit, getting back former lottery pick, Brandon Knight. After years of mediocrity, many believe they are making a smart decision to go with a promising young core of Larry Sanders, John Henson and 18-year old Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 6-9 Greek point-forward with unlimited potential. They are coming off a 21-point loss to the Bulls, but watching this team grow should be fun.
The Numbers Game
Roster hopeful Toure' Murry has made his presence felt this preseason, averaging 11 points in nearly 25 minutes per game.
Matchup to Watch
Tyson Chandler vs. Larry Sanders
Sanders is the man in the middle of perhaps the longest front court in the NBA. He just inked a long-term extension after finishing second in the NBA with 2.8 blocks per game. How he fits with Henson will go a long way toward determining the height of the Bucks' ceiling. Chandler, another dominant defensive center, has worked tirelessly over the offseason on expanding his offensive game, and the results so far have been extremely promising. He knocked down a pair of 18-foot jumpers against Toronto and looks like he's back to form as a dangerous pick-and-roll threat.
What to Look For
Coach Mike Woodson has been resting some veterans, which has given some younger players opportunities to show their stuff. But tonight, all eyes will be on J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire, both of whom practiced yesterday and could see their first preseason action after recovering from knee surgeries. With the season opener just seven days away, we could see the regulars begin to log more minutes, which should be exciting. For the Bucks, an opportunity to watch Antetokounmpo is must-see TV, now that he's shown he's ready for more minutes than many expected after coming over from Greece.
UPDATE: Woodson says that both Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert (elbow injuries) will play tonight and that Cole Aldrich will get some more minutes to see how he matches up with Milwaukee's bigs.