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Saturday, March 1, 2014
W2W4: Nets at Bucks

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets close out their long circus road trip Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

FINALLY: The Nets (27-29) are 3-2 on the circus trip -- or 3-3 since they lost to the Chicago Bulls before the All-Star break. Either way, they have a chance to come back home with a winning record on the voyage, however you want to look at it. The Bucks (11-46) own the worst record in the NBA. This is a prime opportunity for the Nets to close out strong before they get to head back home.

NO KG: Kevin Garnett will not play because of back spasms. Mason Plumlee will start in his place. Obviously, Brooklyn’s defense has suffered with Garnett on the bench. Perhaps that means we’ll be seeing meaningful minutes from Jason Collins.

GREEK FREAK: Milwaukee’s most intriguing player is a 19-year-old rookie guard named Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is 6-9, athletic and has a long wingspan. Some believe that if the NBA did a 2014 re-draft, Antetokounmpo would go No. 1 overall. He went 15th to the Bucks, and they are certainly glad about that. He seems poised to be a building block for Milwaukee going forward. In his last five games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 9.0 points on 50 percent shooting.