As the league grapples with the loss of Kobe Bryant, the Washington Wizards have little time to rest or reflect as they head north to Milwaukee for a tough game with the NBA’s best team on paper.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Moritz Wagner (Out), Rui Hachimura (Out), Garrison Mathews (Out), Jordan McRae (Day-to-Day), Isaac Bonga (Day-to-Day).
Bucks: Sterling Brown (Day-to-Day).
Perimeter defense — The Bucks are a team that is constructed to be exactly the Wizards nightmare: they spread the floor well and have a very powerful presence in the paint as well. One of the keys for the Wizards in this game will be to actually contest many of those 3-pointers and to clog the paint so Yannis doesn’t stroll to another easy win. If you ask me (which of course noone is!) I’d say this is a perfect game to throw Johnathan Williams in the mix and let IT rest and prepare for his imminent trade (I’m guessing the latter, of course).
Jordan McRae & Troy Brown, Jr, — Two other difference makers could be McRae and Troy Brown, Jr. They are capable of defending the arc and chasing through screens/picks as well as able in creating fastbreaks and transition offense. And they could take some of the load off of Beal who is, as usual, over-worked by Brooks.
Flashback: Matthew Dellavedova takes Beal down, literally
Two years ago, in a close game here in D.C., then-Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova added another signature piece of work to his Delli-Flagrant Mixtape. Jodie Meeks’ biggest contribution as a Wizard also came on that evening: he managed to separate Beal and Delli and avoid what would have likely been a double ejection if Beal had managed to get to the Aussie that apparently called him out for flopping....watch for yourselves: