New York, which went 3 of 19 from 3-point range Sunday after going 28 of 53 in the two previous games, wasn’t much better offensively in three losses to the Bucks last season. The Knicks averaged 87.0 points and were held to 67 in the last meeting.
The addition of Stoudemire might help, as he’s averaged 23.5 points in his last six meetings against the Bucks.
☆A look at the Bucks:
Milwaukee (2-5) is coming off a poor offensive performance of its own in an 87-81 loss to New Orleans on Saturday. The Bucks, who are averaging 89.6 points, shot 38.6 percent for a second straight game to see their season mark drop to 39.9. They were 4 of 16 from 3-point range and scored 35 points in the first half.
“It was just an ugly game for us,” point guard Brandon Jennings(notes) said. “It’s starting to get a little bit ridiculous now because every day it’s like it’s something - shots not falling and we just all break down. Some people are probably not on the same page, or I don’t know what it is, but it’s getting a little bit annoying now.”
Even the return of Andrew Bogut(notes) didn’t help. After missing the previous game with a migraine, Bogut had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Bogut had one of the best games of his career the last time he faced the Knicks, scoring 24 points to go along with 20 rebounds and five blocked shots in an 83-67 win Feb. 22.
KEY MATCH UP:
Felton VS Jennings
We could have had Jennings ahead of Hill in last year's draft. That didn't happen. Result: Raymond Felton. You know he's going to bring it. Jennings will also have to put up with Douglas' defence. Let's wear this cat down and choke up their offence.
Keys to a W:
As always, DEFENCE. Containing my fellow Ozi, Andrew Bogut, is no small task, but effective use of substitutions and fouls between The Gov and Ronnie T will at least, hopefully, dampen Bogut's output.
Effective ball movement, HIGH% shots also critical to keeping this team above .500.