Scouting Report: Milwaukee Bucks
We’re told the Hawks have enough players to field a team for Saturday’s game against the Bucks, so off we go with our scouting report.
Like Atlanta, former Hawks coach Larry Drew has had to mix and match starting lineups because of injuries during his first season in Milwaukee. The Bucks have struggled through the season’s first half, but they still have guys who can give the Hawks problems.
Electric point guard Brandon Knight leads the charge for the Bucks. He’s the team leader points and assists per game and is one of the fastest players in the NBA. Shelvin Mack will start on him, and his task will be keeping Knight out of the paint, where he tends to do the most damage with his passing and scoring. Knight is shooting just 41 percent from the field and just 33 percent from three, so if he’s going to beat the Hawks, the Hawks need to make him beat them from the perimeter.
O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton and Larry Sanders all came off the bench Friday night in Cleveland, but they all can do damage. Mayo is second on the team in scoring and his a terrific creator offensively. He can get his own shot by driving to the basket or pulling up, so he’s a tough guard for whoever is on him. Middleton is arguably the Bucks’ best shooter, and Sanders, when fully healthy, can be a beast in the middle, particularly defensively and on the glass.
The Bucks are the worst offensive team in the NBA in terms of points and shooting percentage. However, the Hawks will be without Jeff Teague, John Jenkins, DeMarre Carroll and Pero Antic Saturday, so I would expect points to be at a premium.
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