Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
TD Garden – Boston, MA
7:30 PM ET Tip
The Bucks are a team who started the season out at a surprising 8-3 mark, but since then have shown their true identity but falling back below .500 to 9-10. Milwaukee has lost 3 in a row, and 7 of their last 8 coming into tonights game. The Celtics are the complete opposite, and have won 7 in a row after coming off a tough 4 game road trip. The C’s can not take the Bucks lightly tonight, as Millwaukee is a team with a lot of talent that comes out in spurts. After a great road trip, and coming home to team we should beat easily, this could, but hopefully isnt, a let down game.
There should be two intriguing matchups tonight that feature Rondo and the rookie Jennings, as well as Perkins and Andrew Bogut. Brandon Jennings has been a huge spark, which is an understatement, for the Bucks. He is averaging 21.3 ppg and is lethal from behind the arc at 44.8%. As most of the NBA world has heard, Jennings put up 55 points this year against Golden State. Obviously GS does not have the greatest defense in the world, but 55 points against anyone is nothing to look past. Rajon Rondo will have his work cut out for him keeping Jennings in check. The thing with Rondo is he usually rises to the occasion when playing young PG talent, to prove that he is the better player. As for the other matchup, Bogut has missed quite a few games this year, and since coming back has not been nearly as consistent as he was before. In the last 3 games he has only averaged 7.7 ppg. Never look past his ability, because he is another key factor to how Milwaukee got out to such a fast start. This is deffinitely not a night off for Perk on the defensive end.
As was written by us before, the Celtics should have a clean sweep of their 4 home games this month. It starts with Milwaukee tonight. The Bucks are coming in down and out, and are very deflated after starting the season and drawing everyones attention. They have stepped back into the shadow of all the great teams, however still have the talent to compete with the best of them. If the C’s look past the game tonight, certain players like Jennings and Bogut can easily lead them to victory. 8 in a row can be made tonight, before heading back out on the road for 3 more starting in Washington.
Be sure to stop by for the Pregame chat which will begin at 7:00. The chat will run throughout the entire game, so throw out a comment that you feel is relevant to the Celtics and Bucks.