Celtics - Bucks preview: Big changes for both

Celtics - Bucks preview: Big changes for both
November 1, 2013, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have a kindred spirit of sorts in the Milwaukee Bucks who like the Celtics, are in the midst of a major overhaul.

The Bucks field a team with 11 players who were not on the roster last season, the kind of massive turnover that is sure to bring about its share of growing pains.

And like the Celtics, Milwaukee also has a new coach, in Larry Drew.

"It's a challenge," Bucks General Manager John Hammond told CSNNE.com. "It's a challenge for Larry Drew as a coach. Not only does he come in with a new system, but we have a lot of new players."

But Hammond isn't looking for sympathy, well aware that the league is full of teams with varying degrees of challenges and circumstances that may prove difficult to overcome.

"When you say who and what are we? We're trying to remain a team that's competitive now, but also we're trying to build for the future at the same time," Hammond said.

Sounds familiar Celtics fans, huh?

Here's a look at some of the factors that will come into play as the Celtics and Bucks each seek their first win of the season.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Turnovers are always a concern. But for a Milwaukee team that will likely be without Brandon Knight (hamstring) and backup Luke Ridenour (back), it affords an already-aggressive Avery Bradley an even greater opportunity to significantly impact the game against Gary Neal (a combo guard like himself) and rookie second-round pick Nate Wolters.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jeff Green vs. O.J. Mayo: This is where the Green-at-shooting-guard experiment could go really wrong unless Green attacks Mayo offensively as hard as Mayo will surely go at him.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gerald Wallace only took one shot while playing 40 minutes in the Celtics' loss at Toronto. Head coach Brad Stevens will try and get him more scoring opportunities tonight.

STAT TO TRACK: The Celtics were just 3-for-13 on 3s against the Raptors, so head coach Brad Stevens has encouraged them to do the only thing that makes sense - keep shooting. Do not be surprised if Boston shoots closer to the what they did in the preseason when it wasn't uncommon for them to launch 20 or more 3s in a game.