Bucks-Wizards Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 08, 2012
A matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards would normally see two of the league's most promising young point guards go head-to-head in John Wall and Brandon Jennings. Instead, two of the biggest surprises in the frontcourt could be in the spotlight in Friday night's matchup in the nation's capital. Wall still hasn't played because of a stress injury in his right knee and currently has no target date for his season debut. Washington is 0-3 without him, including a 100-94 overtime loss at Boston on Wednesday - four days after an 89-86 home loss to the Celtics. Both defeats to the perennial Eastern Conference contender were close, but represented missed opportunities. "We know that the Celtics are a great team and we know that we have the potential to be a great team as well," rookie Bradley Beal told the team's official website. "We are not going to back down from anybody," added the No. 3 overall pick, who had 16 points Wednesday after combining for 10 in his first two games. "We are just going to keep competing." Milwaukee (2-1) missed out on a chance at its first 3-0 start since 2005 with a 108-90 loss at Memphis on Wednesday. Jennings, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, struggled, scoring 19 on 6 of 20 shooting. Backcourt mate Monta Ellis didn't provide much help either, shooting 5 of 18 to score 15. The Bucks shot 38.5 percent, no match for a Grizzlies team that hit 53.0 percent of its shots. "We had a bad shooting night," said Jennings, who averaged 17.0 points and 13.0 assists in the first two games. "We missed a lot of layups, especially myself. They were layups that I usually make." Milwaukee's frontcourt hasn't done much with the exception of the surprising Larry Sanders. The third-year forward is averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds after averaging 3.6 points and 3.1 boards last season. His scoring improvement of 8.7 points per game is fifth-best in the NBA for those that have played in at least half of their team's games since the start of last season. "I think my teammates are trusting me out there, and I trust them," the 6-foot-11 Sanders told the Bucks' official website. "It feels good to get opportunities. We just have to keep working together and getting the continuity right." Washington has its own frontcourt surprise in 6-foot-9 Kevin Seraphin, who is averaging team highs of 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his third year. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 boards last season, and his scoring improvement of 9.6 points ranks third-best. Despite the strong play from Seraphin, Washington has been plagued by slow starts - a big reason for its early struggles. The Wizards have been outscored by an average of 8.7 points in the first quarter. They did erase an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit Wednesday, but shot 3 of 10 in the overtime period. "We gotta learn to play down the stretch," coach Randy Wittman said. "It's a learning process." Washington's Jordan Crawford is averaging 21.8 points in six career games against Milwaukee - his highest average against any East team - but he sprained his ankle Saturday and wasn't at full strength Wednesday, scoring two points in 15 minutes. Although Crawford has been on top of his game against the Bucks, it hasn't led to many victories for the Wizards, with Milwaukee winning seven of the last nine meetings.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vlade Divac indicates DeMarcus Cousins’ agents killed other deal

Report: Julius Thomas traded to Dolphins

Joe Mixon likely to go undrafted in April?

Belichick officially updates boat’s name to ‘VII Rings’

Canseco warns humanity about robot takeover in Twitter rant

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

Kings throw shade at Cousins in press release announcing trade

Report: Jets tampered with Revis through private phones, secret meetings

Calipari shoots down talk of him leaving Kentucky for Pelicans

Report: Carmelo prefers trade to Clippers or Lakers

Report: Kings blowing up roster, putting Darren Collison, Ben McLemore on block

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher with 200 or more wins since 1961

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker