The Bucks went to Washington, D.C. last February figuring to toss a win against the Wizards into their 8th-seed hamper. John Wall hadn’t been a problem in his first meeting with the Bucks in Milwaukee (a 100-87 Bucks win), and, this time, Brandon Jennings was back in the Bucks lineup after missing six weeks with a foot fracture.
What Jennings and mates found in Washington was Nick Young‘s afro and Nick Young’s jumpshot.
26 points from Young later and the Bucks were 100-85 losers – and nothing resembling the playoff team they had hoped to be and thought they were.
Nick Young is a Bucks killer, and it was an efficient killing: 10-19 shooting, three from Downtown, 3 of 3 from the line. Young was aided by guard Cartier Martin, who made five from downtown and scored 15.
The Bucks tried, oh they tried to guard the three point line. John Salmons was no slouch defender.
Salmons is no longer a Buck, and Stephen Jackson will hawk the 3-point-line for the Bucks tonight at the BC against the Wiz.
Martin is no longer with the Wizards. But Young will be in the building, starting at shooting guard. Last season he averaged 19 in three games against the Bucks, better than his 17.4 pts per game average, and they needed to hold Young to ten in the third meeting to get it down from 23.5 in the first two.
In the 2009-10 season, Young averaged 20.2 in the four games the Wizards split against the Bucks. Seven games in two seasons, three losses to the Wiz. In the two wins that Young started in, he averaging 23.5 points per.
Nick Young is a Bucks killer.