Saturday, December 21, 8:30PM (EST) at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: The Comcast Network | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM
Posted: December 21, 2013
In basketball, no singular moment is as exhilarating as a buzzer-beating game-winner. Conversely, no moment is as deflating as missing that last-second shot.
Friday night, Evan Turner lifted the Sixers (8-19) to a 121-120 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets, while O.J. Mayo and the Milwaukee Bucks (5-21) felt the pain of not one, but two missed three-point attempts with under five seconds remaining in a 114-111 overtime loss. For the Bucks, it was their second straight defeat in overtime, with the first coming against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Coincidentally, last time the Sixers and Bucks met – in Philadelphia on November 22 of this year, Spencer Hawes hit a fadeaway three-pointer with under 3.9 seconds left to force overtime. Philadelphia went on to win that game 115-107.
Saturday’s meeting with the Bucks is the last game before a week-long break in action for Philadelphia. Next week, the Sixers depart for Phoenix for a six-game road trip that begins on Saturday, December 28 against the Suns and ends the following Saturday, on January 4, in Portland.
Scouting The Bucks
Even with rangy big man Larry Sanders (6’11” with a 7’6” wingpan) sidelined due to a thumb injury, the Bucks feature one of the league’s longest starting lineups. With a starting five of Brandon Knight (6’3” with a 6’7” wingspan), Khris Middleton (6’8” with a 6’11” wingspan), Giannis Antetokounmpo (6’10” with a 7’3” wingspan), John Henson (6’11” with a 7’5” wingspan), and Ekpe Udoh (6’10” with a 7’5” wingspan), it should come as no surprise that the Bucks rank seventh in the league in blocked shots per game (5.4). Second-year big man John Henson leads the Bucks in blocks per game, averaging 2.2.
Antetokounmpo's older brother, Thanasis, plays for the Delaware 87ers.
In the Heat of the Knight
Over the Bucks’ last two games – both overtime contests – point guard Brandon Knight has averaged 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 42.5 minutes per game. Against the Knicks on Wednesday, he went 6-of-12 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 36 points, and on Friday, he scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out eight assists without committing a turnover.
Tale of the Tape
|PPG||Evan Turner – 19.6||O.J. Mayo – 14.2|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 9.0||John Henson – 8.0|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.5||Nate Wolters – 3.9|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 3.1||Ersan Ilyasova – 1.1|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.6||John Henson –2.2|