Bucks at Wizards
The Milwaukee Bucks added some size in the offseason with the signings of Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla, but they could still use some more bulk, as was evident in Wednesday's home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bucks will look to rebound from their first loss of the season when they visit the winless Washington Wizards on Friday night. The frontcourt should receive a boost with the addition of rookie forward John Henson, who made his NBA debut against the Grizzlies after sitting out the first two games with a sprained left knee.
The Wizards came close to cracking the win column Wednesday at Boston, rallying from 11 points down in the fourth quarter before falling in overtime to the Celtics. Washington has not reached 90 points in regulation yet due to injuries to starting point guard John Wall and center Nene. Shooting guard Jordan Crawford had only two points off the bench after sitting out the previous game with an ankle injury. One bright spot was No. 3 overall pick Bradley Beal, who scored 16 points after collecting a combined 10 in his first two games.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Washington)
ABOUT THE BUCKS (2-1): Cold shooting doomed Milwaukee, which was seeking its first 3-0 start since the 2005-06 season. Starting guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined to shoot 11 of 38. The lone member of the front line to distinguish himself was reserve Larry Sanders, who had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and sparked a late third-quarter rally before Memphis pulled away. It was the third straight game in double figures for Sanders, who is averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 minutes.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (0-3): Burly forward Kevin Seraphin could be primed for a big night against Milwaukee after averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his first two games. He had 15 and 14 points, respectively, in two games against the Bucks in April after moving into the starting lineup for the final month. Forward Chris Singleton also woke up in Wednesday's loss, scoring 14 points off the bench after netting a combined four in the first two games.
1. Wall visited a doctor Thursday for a progress report on the stress injury to his left knee and received a "positive report," coach Randy Wittman said.
2. Ellis averaged 24.3 points in three games against the Wizards in 2011-12.
3. Bucks reserve PG Beno Udrih (thigh) is expected to play Friday after sitting out Wednesday's game.