BUCKS AT CELTICS, 7:30 P.M. ET

TV: League Pass

  • Tonight marks the third time this season the Bucks will face off with the Celtics. Two of Milwaukee’s three wins have come against Boston, including one on Saturday night. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 92-85 in Milwaukee to snap a 11-game losing streak.
  • Bucks’ coach Larry Drew spoke fondly about the challenge of matching up with the same opponent in back-to-back games prior to tonight’s contest. “I like playing games like this. I like it a lot. It becomes kind of a chess match. Thinking of what they may do, them thinking of what we may do, you get into the game and chances are within the first few minutes of the game, adjustments will need to be made,” Drew explained.
  • Ersan Ilyasova will be active tonight for the Bucks, but will come off the bench. The power forward missed Saturday’s win against the Celtics with a sore left hamstring. Caron Butler (knee) remains out.
  • Courtney Lee is expected to be available off the bench for Brad Stevens tonight, after missing Boston’s past two contests with a sprained left knee. Kelly Olynyk remains sidelined indefinitely with a sprained right ankle.
  • Despite the whispers of the Celtics tanking this season after trading away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this offseason, Boston remains just a half-game behind the Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead. Jared Sullinger had a strong message for fans hoping the team struggles in the standings to improve for the draft. “Lot of guys expect us to just like tank for  [Jabari] Parker or [Andrew] Wiggins,” Sullinger continued. “Y’all might as well throw that out the door. I don’t know why people keep talking about tanking. We’ve got competitors around here, we’re not really like that. We don’t care if Jeff [Green] averages 20 [points per game] or I average 8, we just want to win. And show everybody that they can kiss our butts about that tanking stuff.”

– Brian Robb

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