The last time the Charlotte Bobcats saw the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bucks were blowing up the scoreboard at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee’s 131-102 victory over the Bobcats, was the highest scoring output for the Bucks in four seasons. It was also the second highest amount of points the Bobcats have given up this season. As the season approaches the last few laps, the Bobcats will look for redemption in the Queen City against Brandon Jennings and company.
The Bucks have already secured the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, despite being under .500. The Bucks are three games back of the Boston Celtics for the seventh playoff spot. Unless the Celtics fold in their last few games, the Bucks likely have a first round matchup against the defending champion Miami Heat. The Bucks have had an interesting season to say the least. After firing head coach Scott Skiles, the team remained in the playoff hunt and have seen improved play and chemistry from their backcourt in Jennings and Monta Ellis.
There’s no word if Jennings will play tonight in Charlotte, after missing last night’s game against Atlanta with an achilles injury. If he does miss, Ellis will get the start at lead guard, with J.J. Redick joining the starting lineup. The Bucks are a streaky three-point shooting team with Ellis, Redick and Ersan Ilyasova out on the perimeter. That’s also without mentioning Mike Dunleavy. After the Bobcats gave up another high three-point shooting night to the Bucks last night in Detroit, things could get a little worse in Charlotte.
For the Bobcats, there needs to be some resemblance of defense tonight. Yes, the end of the season is near and the Bobcats defense has been a disaster. But these are the type of games that some teams and players get up for. When a team like the Bucks drops 131 on you in regulation, players who compete with an edge come out and look to send a message in the next game. Sure, the Bucks might not care for whatever type of message the Bobcats send, but for Charlotte they need to prove something to themselves. This team has been getting punched in the mouth all season long and done nothing to retaliate. For once, I’d like to see the Bobcats rotate to shooters, communicate defensively and try to play an efficient team game. It’s the least the Bobcats could try to give the fans at Time Warner Cable Arena in these last three games.