Los Angeles Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
7:30 p.m. PST
December 20, 2014
FOX Prime Ticket
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What’s better here? The shot or the MC’s attempt at pronouncing Antetokounmpo?
1. Does Jabari Parker’s ACL injury change your opinion about this Bucks team?
Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball, (@Bucksketball): It changes how I feel about the season, which is to say, I’m less interested in this post-Parker Bucks season. Watching Giannis grow and improve will still be enjoyable, but there’s a little less spark to this team now. I don’t think their record will suffer for lack of Parker, but their luster will.
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): It’s a huge bummer. That’s for sure. But it doesn’t change much for this year’s Bucks who are still exciting, athletic and have all the Giannis.
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): Sure. Jabari was possibly on track for Rookie of the Year. A team with loads of young, athletic forwards can make up for his absence, but losing a contributing rookie—who was starting to improve over his previous four or five games, by the by—is obviously not optimal.
2. What is Milwaukee’s greatest strength?
Schmidt: Is it fair to say resiliency? Is that just a fancy way of saying depth? Am I fancy? The Bucks lost Parker early on in Phoenix, went on to win that game, then staved off a blowout in Portland and won in Sacramento. They go 11 deep, with guys 3-11 all basically the same talent level.
Partnow: Reach. Limbs. Arms. They can put out lineups that seem fully realized versions of Jay Bilas’ draft day rhapsodies about Length and Tremendous Upside Potential.
Katz: Youth. Ten guys on the roster, including Parker, are 26 years old or younger. The Bucks have so many inexperienced players with potential that even John Henson, who may return from injury against the Clippers, has has trouble ungluing from the bench. Even the coach is continuing the youth trend, considering Jason Kidd is in only his second NBA season running a team.
3. Is Giannis bound to be a Clipper killer?
Schmidt: At some point I’d like to think Giannis is going to be an NBA killer. But for the time being, Los Angeles doesn’t seem to have the type of versatile athlete that matches up with him well, the way Aaron Gordon or Josh Smith did earlier this season, so he’ll definitely look to be aggressive against them, which could mean trouble.
Partnow: No more than any other big wing the Clippers have only Matt Barnes to guard. So, yes.
Katz: Isn’t this obvious? The Clippers don’t have a defensive wing who can match Giannis’ athleticism. They don’t have a guard who can come close to matching his size. So, yes. He’s quite the difficult matchup for the Clips.