Monday, November 16, 2009

Dirk Sinks Bucks With Buzzer Beater

Why the hell did we trade this guy away? Dirk Nowitzki came back to haunt the Bucks, and hit a heart-breaking game winner Monday night in the Bradley Center. Not cool.

The Bucks came out a little flat on both sides of the ball in the first half. They were down by 12 at halftime, and they just couldn't stop the Mavs high power offense. Both teams shot lights out from downtown in the game, combining to make 24 three's in the game.

Despite the strong play from Dallas, the Bucks had a few chances to win the game in both regulation and overtime. Two big plays that hurt the Bucks late were offensive tip-ins by Drew Gooden, who only played because Dampier was in the hospital because of an illness, although he was healthy enough to fly to Milwaukee late to join the team. Both tip-ins tied the game in regulation and overtime. If we could have just got either of those rebounds things might have been different.

Even though they lost, Milwaukee showed a lot of fight again tonight. One of the great things about this team is how they fight to the very end. A huge reason for the second half run, and a great example of the fight this team has, was from the play of the bench. About 3 minutes into the second half Skiles pulled all the starters and subbed in 5 guys off the bench. The stragety worked, as Ersan and Ridnour hit some big trey balls in the 3rd quarter to bring the Bucks back.

Skiles did give Jennings a second chance in the third quarter though, and that paid off as well. Jennings hit a big 3 in the final seconds of the third frame to bring the Bucks within three.

In the game's final quarter, the game went back and forth. Both teams made big shot after big shot. Jennings had a chance to win the game late but couldn't hit a running three, and after the game he said he had Ersan open on the wing but he didnt see him until he watched the film. Like he said the season is young, and his vision is something that he has to work on.

As for the game's hero, Dirk Nowitzki, he scored 7 points in overtime including his only deep ball of the night. He also made the last second shot that hit the back of the rim, the front of the rim, and the top of the back board only to go in. Luc Rich was all over him all you can do is tip your hat to Dirk. Lets take a look at some highlights from the game Monday night, a 115-113 defeat.

* Ersan has been a bright spot for the Bucks this year. If Jennings wasn't putting up huge numbers people would be talking about Ilyasova. He finished the game with 19 pts, 12 rebs, and 4 three's. He is going to get the Bucks POTG award, because he also had a +/- of +18. Keep up the good work "baby Dirk."

* Brandon had another solid game, but he did have a rough night shooting. He shot 8-22 from the field, finishing with 25 pts, 7 rebs, and 8 asts. We might need Redd back to take some pressure off of Jennings. He is all this team seems to be relying on to score when they need a big bucket.

* Ridnour had a nice game off the bench for the Bucks too. He finished the night with 17 pts, 6 asts, 4 steals, and no turnovers. The no turnover thing is huge for Luke. After this game, Skiles might keep giving him more minutes.

* Free throws hurt the Bucks on Monday. They only got to the line 17 times. making just 11 of them. Dallas on the other hand made 17 free throws. Warrick seems to be the only guy on this team that can get to the line on a consistent basis. He didn't play a lot because his defense has struggled. The Bucks need to find a way to get the the line more.

* Double double's killed the Bucks on Monday. Three Mavs finished with double double's - Dirk, Kidd, and Gooden. These three guys alone did enough damage to the Bucks. Their stats looked something like this:

Kidd: 9 pts, 10 rebs, and 17 asts.

Gooden: 22 pts, and 14 rebs (4 offensively)

Dirk: 32 pts, 11 rebs , and 7-8 from the free throw line. He also made the final shot of the game that earns him the Hunter of the Night.

The Bucks play against the winless Nets on Wednesday at the Bradley Center. This is a game the Bucks should win. Lets hope they don't over look this Nets team, a team which has some good players but just can't seem to win a game.

When you try your best but you don't succeed.

Also I guess Redd might be back Friday. Read about his new target date on the Bucks blog over at JSonline.com.

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