The first time around against New Orleans, it was a struggle for the Milwaukee Bucks on the defensive end, but they still found a way to win late.
Bucks coach Scott Skiles called it "embarrassingly bad."
The two teams meet again Monday in New Orleans, but a few things are different for both teams from the first meeting on Nov. 17. First off, the Bucks have their defensive stopper back, maybe not for full minutes, but Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is available for Skiles to use when needed.
Check out this stat from NBA.com advanced stats writer John Schuhmann. When Mbah a Moute was on the floor against Boston Saturday, the Celtics shot 5 of 23 from the field. That's the kind of impact that he has and a vital piece to Milwaukee.
Look for Skiles to pick his spots to use Mbah a Moute on Monday, more than likely trying to match him up with the versatile Hornets leading scorer Ryan Anderson.
New Orleans was feeling good coming into the first match-up, at that time it was the "upstart" Hornets....