Gameday: Toronto @ Milwaukee (TSN2, Wednesday – 8:00 pm)
PG – Jarrett Jack
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Hedo Turkoglu
PF – Chris Bosh
C – Andrea Bargnani
PG – Brandon Jennings
SG – Charlie Bell
SF – Ersan Ilyasova
PF – Luc Mbah a Moute
C – Andrew Bogut
Match-up to Watch: Andrea Bargnani / Andrew Bogut
Bargnani’s recent prowess in the paint will be put to the test over the next two games against Bogut, a fellow former No. 1 over-all pick and one of the seven Eastern Conference players averaging 10+ rebounds. Like many of Bargnani’s head-to-head battles, this will be a clash of styles between a dangerous outside shooter and a low post threat with quickly-developing spin moves. If the Italian seven-footer can draw Bogut out towards the perimeter, it could give Bosh plenty of room to collect offensive boards. However, if the physical Aussie can use his low post moves to get Bargnani into foul trouble, it could be a tough back-to-back set for the Raptors.
The streaky Bucks have lost five of their past six and are just 8-20 after getting out to an 8-3 start on the season … Rookie phenom Brandon Jennings appears to have regained his scoring touch after a brief cooling off period. Jennings was held to a 10.5 ppg average over the first six games of 2010, but has collected 25 points in two of the last three Bucks contests … Hedo Turkoglu, meanwhile, would love to regain his scoring touch, as his struggles have reached a new low (6.9 ppg) over the past six games including more fouls (4) than points (3) last night … One swingman in, one swingman out: Marco Belinelli returned last night to score 14 points in a losing effort against Cleveland after having sat out the past two with the flu. Sonny Weems, however, suffered an injured rib cage yesterday and missed last night’s game … Shortly after learning of Michael Redd’s season-ending knee injury, Milwaukee signed Jerry Stackhouse on Monday. The two-time NBA All-Star may be in the line-up tonight … Trade aftermath: although the Bucks got the highest-scoring player (Carlos Delfino) in their off-season trade with Toronto, the Raptors look like the early winners of the deal that enabled them to shore up their bench with Amir Johnson and Weems … Former Raps on the Bucks: Delfino.
– Raps are 21-21 (L1); Bucks are 16-23 (L2)
– How’s this for streaky: since November 6, the Bucks have won seven of eight, lost seven of eight, won two, lost seven of eight, won three and, most recently, lost five of six.
– Dave Feschuk has the latest on a Reggie Evans’ return: February 17 vs. Memphis.
– Frank Zicarelli says that the Raps just couldn’t match Cleveland’s intensity down the stretch last night.
– Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ponders Stackhouse’s potential as a Buck.