After winning the previous two games against Milwaukee, the Toronto Raptors come to Milwaukee Saturday night looking to win their third straight game against the Bucks this season. Unlike those last two games, though, Toronto will not have starting point guard Kyle Lowry and forward Amir Johnson available. For Milwaukee, last night they put together a nice run down the stretch in Chicago against the Bulls, but registered their 62nd loss of the season by the final score of 102-90. The Bucks’ worst record in franchise history came back in 1993-94 when the team finished 20-62. If Milwaukee can’t win tonight, they will secure a new franchise-worst record at the conclusion of this season.
Below are pre-game nuggets and quotes as you prepare for tonight’s matchup:
-O.J. Mayo, Miroslav Raduljica and Ekpe Udoh will not play tonight. All of them missed yesterday’s game in Chicago against the Bulls.
-For Toronto, Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson “probably” won’t play, according to coach Dwayne Casey. They both missed last night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
- On Saturday morning, the Bucks announced they have signed Chris Wright to another 10-day contract. Wright played for the team in March and averaged 6.0 points per game in the two games he participated in.
- Jeff Adrien set a new career-high for points last night in Chicago scoring 21.
- The Bucks own a .652 all-time winning percentage against the Raptors, which stands as their best mark against any opponent.
- In the second matchup against the Raptors in Toronto, Ersan Ilyasova scored his then season-high for points with 29, while also snatching nine rebounds.
- Also in that second matchup, Toronto shot an efficient 63% from the field after the first quarter.
- Larry Drew on Chris Wright returning for a second 10-day contract: “Of the three guys [Tony Mitchell, D.J. Stephens, Chris Wright], we thought he was more of a fit for us. I though he did a good job this year, he really showed good energy. He had a really good showing against Sacramento and I had a really good conversation with him."
- Drew on if he saw Larry Sanders’ comments on the use of marijuana: “I did not see it.”
- Steve Novak on who he thinks will win between Wisconsin and Kentucky in the Final Four tonight: “I expected it to be a tie.”
The game will tip off at 7:30 CDT.