Thunder vs. Bucks preview: Milwaukee, OKC celebrate 90s Night with basketball, Vanilla Ice


The Bucks and Thunder are celebrating the 1990s with a night of basketball, retro themes and Vanilla Ice.

The 1990s wasn't exactly a decade of great success for the Milwaukee Bucks franchise. Though stars like Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson emerged, the team didn't make the playoffs from 1992 through 1998, losing at least 45 games every season.

Still, it appears the folks from Milwaukee are as enamored with the era as NBA fans are.

When the Bucks host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday evening, the franchise will be celebrating all things 1990s with a night of retro-fitted jerseys, old-school player introductions and the thing we all miss most from that time, Vanilla Ice.

In terms of basketball, it's a game between playoff teams with little to fight for but seeding.

Though the Thunder and Bucks are in radically different situations, a win Saturday wouldn't do much to change either team's situation. OKC has a comfortable grasp on the No. 2 seed in the West, 2.5 games behind San Antonio, while Milwaukee is 6.5 games ahead of the 76ers for the final playoff spot in the East.

Milwaukee could potentially jump past the Celtics for the No. 7 seed in the East, avoiding the red-hot Miami Heat in the process, but that would require some good luck. Barring a major fall from either team, it seems likely that the beginning of the playoffs will see the Thunder as a No. 2 seed and the Bucks as a No. 8 seed.

With that said, neither team has played particularly well of late, so momentum might be the biggest thing in play Saturday night. OKC has lost four times in its past 10 games, including Friday night against Minnesota, while Milwaukee has dropped seven of its past 10.

The mounting frustration from the lack of success with star player Brandon Jennings has been a growing concern in Milwaukee, writes BrewHoop, SB Nation's Bucks blog. Jennings reacted poorly to being benched for his recent struggles, leaving some concern with how he reacts to being held accountable as a franchise player.

Oklahoma City obviously doesn't have that problem, with two of the game's great stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the team's form of late has been less than title-worthy. OKC has lost three of its past five road games.

Facing a struggling Bucks club is as good an opportunity as any to get another solid win away from home.

And luckily, if things do go wrong, at least Vanilla Ice will be there for the halftime show of a lifetime. Or something.

Saturday's game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

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