Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bucks Tighten One Race, While Extending Another

Well I guess the question of whether the AS break would help or hurt the Bucks was answered. Milwaukee looked energized and ready to play tough defense tonight as they outlasted a surging 4th quarter Pistons team to win 92-86 at Detroit.

I got to admit right now this team is focused. Getting Ridnour back in a bit should be nice but Ridnour has either has to start along side Sessions or come off the bench. There is just no reason to disrupt what this team does best and that is drive to the lane. Redd's injury has allowed Jefferson and Session comfortable with taking their man to the lane and getting the foul. Thus in turn making the defense sink and allowing open perimeter shooting. It's really no secret as to why Milwaukee's shooting percentages have gone way up. Its more open shots created by Ramon, RJ and even CV going to the basket.

Redd is great, but he just doesn't do it enough. In the grand scheme the Bucks will be that much better if Bogut makes it back this season. His ability to run the floor and dominate the inside game against most NBA centers is a dimension this team just doesn't have. His defense is also good enough where his presence shouldn't disrupt the flow but enhance it. Elson has been playing great, he has done all the little things especially on the defensive end (4 blocks and 2 steals tonight).

Richard Jefferson was the star tonight for the Bucks, he was knocking down big shots at key moments and getting to the line all game long. He ended with an extremely efficient 29 points on 4-5 from 3 land and 9-11 at the free throw line. He also added 5 board and 5 assists. He edged out Ramon Sessions who ended up with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. CV added 10 and Malik Allen had a big 14 off the Bucks pine. Most impressively, I believe, is that Milwaukee committed only 5 turnovers all game.

Fantastic win against an East Conference contender on the road. The (27-29) Bucks have now pulled within 2 games of the 7 seed and extended their 8 seed lead to 1 1/2 games. The Bucks go back to back with a game at home tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls.

Yeah.... That's the ticket.

(AP Photo By Duane Burleson)


Winks said...

Always up for a Jon Lovitz reference.

Winks said...

And I totally forgot that MU played tonight. Unless Collin sends me a recap via email, don't expect a posting.

(They beat Seton Hall 79-67)

Anonymous said...

Trade deadline on Thursday. Any Bucks rumors?

Anonymous said...

I'd do something on rumors, only I haven't heard a lick of anything being even close to concrete.

One rumor that was flying on the ESPN message boards was RJ going to Portland for Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract and some other peices.

Honestly though, Raef's contract is a prime trading chip and i would think portland could do better than RJ.

I really haven't heard anything else. The team is playing well, I am about 70% sure we stand pat. 25% RJ goes somewhere, and 5% Ridnour is dealt. I just don't see any trade scenarios out there that will help Milwaukee and make sense for another team.

Anonymous said...

The realgm.com bucks board is way better than espn. lots of trade talk there, including plenty on the raef/outlaw/rodriguez for ridnour/jefferson speculation

Anonymous said...

Marquette trailed 37-34 at halftime but came out in the second half on a 16-3 run and eventually won the game 79-67. Matthews led the team, as always, with 24 and Hayward added 14. Marquette is now 22-4 overall and 11-2 in the Big East. Their next game is against the struggling G-Town Hoyas at 1 p.m. Check your local listing to see if it is televised.

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