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Game 6: Hornets @ Bucks

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2010-11 NBA Regular Season

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November 6th, 2010
Bradley Center
7:00 PM CST
TV: NBALP
Probable starters:
Chris Paul > Brandon Jennings
Marco Belinelli
= John Salmons
Trevor Ariza > Carlos Delfino
David West
> Drew Gooden
Emeka Okafor < Andrew Bogut

Your Pregame Moment of Zen

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he might get salmonella. 

The Buck Outlook

Milwaukee made the Eastern Conference playoffs with ease in 2010. Sure, the conference was relatively weak, but the Bucks posted an outstanding 28-13 record at home. Through 6 games in 2010-2011, they've stumbled out of the gate a little bit. They played the Celtics tough on the road (a 3 point loss in overtime) on Wednesday, but they also posted an embarrassing 11-point loss at the Timberwolves last Friday. Which Bucks team will we see tonight? Let's hope for the latter, but if we've learned anything through 5 games, it's that Monty Williams will have the team prepared for any scenario.

Is Brandon Jennings For Real?

It depends on what you mean by "for real." Jennings' rookie season was slightly overrated by most. His assist rate was sub-30%, not necessarily great for a starting point guard. The fact that he attempted 16.4 shots per 36 minutes somewhat explains this, but his 43.1 eFG% doesn't justify it. Jennings is a brilliant talent in that he can get his shot at any time against any defense. The problem is, his shot doesn't go in often enough to make it worthwhile. 

Through six games, he's shooting far less frequently this season (almost a full 5 shots fewer per 36 minutes). But though he's getting to the line more often, he's still right around 43.1 eFG%. Jennings has become a better distributor of the ball this year, but until he becomes a more efficient scorer, he'll remain a step below fellow sophomores Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry.

The Opposition

Please check out Brew Hoop for Bucks' coverage. I've sort of stolen the cleaner look for recap titles and for game previews from them for this season. Alex and Frank are both top notch writers, and they've got a great community there.

Subplots

  • Second meeting for these two teams. Milwaukee played a great game on the road last time out, and I don't expect this one to be any easier.
  • Will we maybe, possibly see Quincy Pondexter tonight? He was active for the second straight game last night but didn't get in.
  • The Hornets don't play again until Tuesday and only have two games next week. So they may as well lay it all on the line. Milwaukee is also on the tail end of a back-to-back, having defeated Darren Collison and the Pacers 94-90 in Indy last night.
  • Can we break the 300 comment mark for a third straight game? I don't know, you tell me! But seriously though, all the additional commenting has been great to see. Any lurkers out there, feel free to jump in at any time. Go Hornets!