State Basketball Roundup: Bucks play at Oklahoma City in regular season finale
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Milwaukee Bucks will play their regular season finale at Oklahoma City tonight - and then they'll gear up for their first NBA playoff series since 2010.
Bucks' coach Jim Boylan and Thunder coach Scott Brooks both say they'll likely limit their starters. But after losing five straight, Boylan says he'd like to get a win tonight to give the Bucks at least a little momentum going into the playoffs. He's not sure how long the team will be without starting center Larry Sanders. The shot-blocking specialist saw a doctor in Chicago yesterday, to get a second opinion on how to treat a lower back injury suffered a week ago at Orlando. Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings injured an Achilles in that contest. He returned Monday night in a home loss to Denver. Milwaukee opens the post-season this weekend at Miami. Oklahoma City clinched the top spot in the Western Conference on Monday night with a nine-point win over Sacramento.
Marquette University guard Vander Blue reportedly surprised his team and NBA scouts, by announcing yesterday that he'll forego his senior year and enter the June draft. Golden Eagles' coach Buzz Williams scrambled to change his recruiting plans. He told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel he'd sign another player quote, "if he is the right one." Williams has at least one scholarship available, after Blue became the fourth player to leave the Marquette program this month. Meanwhile, an NBA scout told the Milwaukee paper that Blue apparently thought he'd have a better chance of being drafted this year, because next year's field of candidates will be stronger. But the scout says Blue has a weak jump shot that could relegate him to the second-and-final round of the draft, if that. If he goes undrafted, Blue might have to play overseas or in the NBA Developmental League next year. He says he'll hire an agent - which he means he cannot change his mind and return to college at the last minute.