Mar 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis (left) hugs Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (right) before the game at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Game 46 Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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Blazers: 21-24 (5th Northwest Division)

Bucks: 20-24

Game Details: Rose Garden Arena Portland, OR. 7:00 P.M. TV: CSN. Radio: 750 AM (KXTG)

So this is going to be a pretty incomplete preview (not even going to include rosters) since the site has been out of commission for the last day and change. Everything is under control and will be back to normal hopefully by the end of tonight’s game.

That being said, here’s my short preview of Kaleb Canales’s first home game as a head coach. This game will come down to two things: perimeter defense and energy. If Portland can keep Milwaukee from lighting it up from deep they’ll have a chance. The Bucks are Andrew Bogut-less forever more, and are now basically a team of jumper shooters. Monta Ellis is a bona fide Blazer kills. Let’s see if he can do it from the Eastern Conference. Brandon Jennings is going to run Ray Felton into the ground, luckily he’ll probably also take a lot of bad jumpers.

As for energy, the Bucks are half a game out of eighth in the East, meaning they’ve hit the part of the season where winning games is very important. To hear tell by those dripping with optimism, Portland is in the hunt for the final Playoff berth in the West, so they too should be playing with energy and a desire to win. Whichever team wants to win the most will win. Ground breaking insight, I know.

Anyway, expect better than this when the game is over, the site should be back to normal then.

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