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- J.J. Redick will make his debut for the Bucks tonight. Redick was acquired shortly before the trading deadline Thursday from the Orlando Magic, along with big man Gustavo Ayon and point guard Ish Smith for Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb. Redick did not practice on Friday and Bucks coach Jim Boylan said Redick watched the team’s shoot-around this morning. “He’ll be coming off the bench, so we’ll just work him in there and hope he plays well,” Boylan said. While Redick has yet to be on the floor with his new teammates, Boylan said that’s not unusual after trades. “It’s the NBA. He’s a veteran NBA player,” Boylan said. “He’s got a good basketball IQ, so we gave him a short menu of offensive things we do and talked about what we do on defense.”
- The Hawks will make a couple of lineup changes in what coach Larry Drew admits is a response to Milwaukee’s quick backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. DeShawn Stevenson, who does not play both games of back-to-backs because of his knees, is unavailable, so Devin Harris will start. Also, Anthony Tolliver will start with former Buck Zaza Pachulia coming off the bench. “With both Jennings and Ellis, I didn’t want to go too big on them,” Drew said. “I think their quickness is kind of the head of the snake. The ball is in their hands a lot.”
- The two teams are in the same conference and used to be in the same division, but this is their first meeting of the season. “There have been a couple of teams that we haven’t seen,” Drew said. “This feels a little different. We’re almost into March and this is our first meeting, so, yeah, this feels a little weird.” The teams will meet again March 20 in Atlanta, March 24 in Milwaukee and April 12 in Atlanta — a span of four times over the final 29 games.
– Rick Braun