The Milwaukee Bucks have the worst offense in the NBA (98.3 points per possession according to Hoopdata).
The Boston Celtics have the second best defense in the NBA (97.5 points per 100 possessions).
Combine the two with a pinch of end-of-season lethargy from the Bucks and you have a perfect storm — a game where the Bucks set records of futility.
The Milwaukee Bucks scored just 9 points in the first quarter, 22 points by the half and 56 points when it was all over. That is the lowest total in Bucks history, the lowest the Celtics have allowed since 1955.
The Celtics scored an unimpressive 87 and still won in a blowout. In case you’re curious, we’re talking 65.1 points per 100 possessions (86 possessions in that game). The Bucks have the worst offense in the league and still score 98.3 points per 100 possessions on average.
Remember those numbers Boston fans who think that you defense is back. It is very good, but understand that the Bucks offense is horrific so you don’t want to read too much into this one game. Stopping it is like stopping a toddler from eating beets. Stopping a teenager from doing homework. It’s not that hard.
The Bucks were bad in every aspect — they shot 35 percent on spot up shots (their largest number of shots with 21 attempts) and that was better than most spots (via Synergy sports). They shot 12.5 percent in isolation, 16.7 percent when the pick and roll man shot, and it just gets worse from there.
This is a historic beat down and certainly a chance for the Celtics to show that even without Kendrick Perkins and Shaquille O’Neal they can still defend. No doubt they can. But let’s not confuse the Bucks with the Heat or Bulls.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.