|2012/2013 NBA Preseason
|November 9, 2012
|CSN, 106.7 The Fan
|2011/12 Advanced Stats
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The Milwaukee Bucks come into Verizon Center tonight after a punishing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies where they got worked inside. That has to be the blueprint for the Wizards to win this one. Milwaukee has become a small team, and the Wizards' second unit has to make them pay for it.
Of course, they also need to negate Milwaukee's speed advantage. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis love to put shots up, but they'll also drive to the rim and force your team to drop off everyone else. Milwaukee is a pretty unselfish team that moves the ball well, so containing the dribble of Jennings and Ellis will be critical.
"Tonight, it's going to be imperative to defend off the dribble," Randy Wittman said before the game. "This is a big penetration, draw-and-kick team with guys that can make shots. The more we can control them off the dribble and not have to get into rotations with our bigs coming to help, which opens up the boards, which causes us to have trouble rebounding, the better we can do that, the more success we'll have."
Game begins at 7. Join us in the game thread here.