I'VE HAD IT WITH
DEER ON THIS
Game Time Start: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Officials: J. Phillips, JT Orr, L.Wood
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Milwaukee Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
27-19 (Away: 13-12) 22-25 (Home: 11-10)
Upcoming Games: Mar 26 Mar 28 Mar 29 Mar 31 Apr 01 vs at vs at at 7:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:30 pm 7:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE COLLISON Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG GOODEN ILYASOVA DELFINO ELLIS JENNINGS
Jeff Foster, that big ol' Ugg Boot in the sky, retired
Kyrylo Fesenko, playing fat Josh Hartnet for French Stewart's celeb impersonator service, doubtful
Kwame Brown, torn talent muscle, out
Minimally Relevant Video: Beware! Salty language below, if that concerns ye.
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Jared Wade: Barbosa Is Happy to Be a Pacer
Trades are a cold reality of the NBA. One day, a team is paying you a huge
salary for your services, and the next they are telling you thanks, but no
thanks ó we can do better. Then of course comes the relocation hassle and
the burden that can place on families.
For Leandro Barbosa, however, being traded from the Toronto Raptors to
the Indiana Pacers was a welcome change. ďIt was my time,Ē he said, ďand
Iím happy to be here.Ē
It also usually helps the transition process when the player isnít blind-sided
by the news. Barbosa foresaw moving on. ďI kind of knew,Ē said Barbosa.
ď[Raptors GM] Bryan Colangelo told me Indiana was really interested,
and he told me that it was maybe going to happen.Ē
Then, on the day of the trade deadline, it did. And now the 29-year-old,
long-armed combo guard from Sao Paulo, Brazil ó the largest city in
South America ó once again gets to do what he made his NBA name off:
being a key scorer off the bench for a playoff team.
Individually, his time in Toronto was marked by unusually erratic (for him)
shooting accuracy and struggles through a chronic wrist injury. But worse
was the teamís futility. During his two years as a Raptor, his team racked
up 102 losses compares to just 62 wins. This, for a guy who made the
Western Conference Finals with the Phoenix Suns in his second season and
won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 61-win Suns in 2006-07.
In that respect, Barbosa is just happy to be headed back to the playoffs.
ďIím very happy to be here,Ē said Barbosa. ďItís a good team. Itís a team
that is going to the playoffs for sure. I love the coach and the organization.
Itís a good opportunity for meóa new family for me.Ē
Leandrinho, as he is called in his native Brazil, missed 8 of his 10 shots
last night in Indianaís loss to the Suns and blew 3 of his 4 attempts
against the Wizards the night before. But in his Pacers debut last Tuesday
against the Clippers, Barbosa scored 9 points in his first 9 minutes in an
Indiana uniform and finished the game scoring 12 on 10 shots.
The key thread in all performances has been putting up a lot of looks.
According to Barbosa, thatís exactly what he was brought in to do. He
talked about his role...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s
Bucksketball: Month of March? More like month of Mike!
I canít explain how it happened, I canít say I expected it to happen. But I can
say Iím enjoying it.
Some how, while being the most enjoyable to watch Milwaukee Bucks forward
since Toni Kukoc left town, Mike Dunleavy has been one of the best offensive
players in the NBA over the past month. Heís kind of playing like Kukoc, if only
Kukoc was just leaving his prime rather than a few years past it when he was
in Milwaukee. Thatís a lofty compliment coming from as big a Kukoc fan as me.
In the month of March, Dunleavy has averaged 16/4/4 while shooting better
than 50%, one of only three players (as far as I can tell) to do so. The other
two? Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. Wow. Dunleavy joins James again as
one of the leagueís top 10 players in True Shooting Percentage, a measure
that takes into account field goals, threes and free throws.
Dunleavy isnít forcing his athleticism down the throats of opponents in the
way that James and Wade are though. Rather heís using his opponents speed
and athleticism against them quite frequently. If I had a dollar for every
occasion this season that Dunleavy has pump faked and watched a defender
fly five feet past him trying to block his shot as he calmly took another
dribble forward and knocked down his shot Iíd be a rich man.
And where James and Wade drive and dish and throw full court lobs to each
other, Dunleavy has a more cerebral approach to moving the ball on offense.
Heís quick and heís smart. Never does the ball linger in his hands. He comes
off screens and when he pulls up to shoot he often has an eye on the man
rolling to the hoop. While heís in the air he has the ability to use his height
and make the pass to the rolling screener or pull-up for a jumper himself.
On the wing or on the pick and roll, he makes decisions quickly. Even though
he hasnít fared particularly well as a shooter in pick and roll situations, heís
shown an ability to create for his teammates and find the screener rolling
to the hoop.
Offensively heís really shined...CONTINUE READING BUCKSKETBALL