Monday, December 21, 2009

Bogut Outpaces Rest of Bucks in Victory

Good thing T.J. Ford still can't shoot well. With the game on the line, the former Bucks guard missed two chances to tie the game with under 15 seconds on Monday night, paving the way for a 84-81 Milwaukee victory over the Pacers. The Bucks tried all they could to piss away this game on their own, but they got the win. But it wasn't easy.

Michael Redd had a chance to extend the lead late in the game, but he missed and the Pacers got a few good looks at some threes. Indiana would miss both shots and Bogut got the rebound. The Aussie got fouled, and had two free throws to put the game away. Now, the Bucks haven't been shooting well from the line lately, so the pressure was on Andrew to come up clutch. His first shot just caught the front of the rim, but you had to figure that he would cowboy up to make the second. He had a nice stroke but predictably, it rattled out.

The Pacers then had a one last chance to tie it as Ford released it, and had that shot gone in I may have not watched another Bucks game this year. Ford hit back iron to give the Bucks the 84-81 victory.

Even though he couldn't hit the clutch shots, Andrew Bogut was a one man show Monday night. He seemed to be the only one that had his stroke all night. He carried Milwaukee in the first half as they only put up 36 points in the first two quarters. The biggest thing this team does is hit shots from downtown, but they shot 0-8 in the first half. That will hurt this team any game if they can't hit shots from deep, because it's unlikely Bogut will be putting up 31 every night.

It was the Andrew Bogut show not only because he was dominant, but like I said it was also because the rest of the Bucks were not. Things stayed close throughout the third quarter, which ended up being the turning point of the game. Only five Bucks scored in the quarter, but those five were still able to get 29 points in the quarter. Bogut, Bell, Jennings, Mbah a Moute, and Redd helped the Bucks gain a two point lead heading into the final frame. I am going to guess that only five guys scoring in a quarter is not going to be a good thing, but Monday night it worked for the Bucks.

As the fourth quarter started all I was doing was wishing for the Bucks to make a run and build a lead. When that didn't happen, all I could think about was the Bucks recent string of getting beat late. When neither team really caught fire in the fourth, it appeared as if that stage was being set again.

I felt a little better when Jennings made a jumper with 28 seconds left to give the Bucks the 84-79 lead. When he made that, I figured there was no way they can blow this one. Well they tried, as my boy Tyler Hansbrough got an offensive rebound and a dunk to make it 84-81 with 20 seconds left. You already know what happens after this from above, so if you forgot go back and read it. We missed four free throws and Ford missed two three pointers, and the Bucks won the game. Thank God.

Lets look at the some highlights from the Bucks win.

* Congrats to Andrew for his career high of 31 points. He played an awesome game as the Bucks finally went through Bogut to score, which I hope they start to do more soon. Bogut finished the game with 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Huge game for Bogut as he will earn the Bucks POTG.

* Brandon Jennings started rough but had a nice second half. He finished with 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. Still didn't really have a hot shooting night as he was 7-19, but he looked to make the extra pass a few more times than he has been.

* Free throws, Free throws, FREE THROWS. Why do we have such a hard time making these things? The Bucks finished the game 9-20 from the free throw line. This just can't happen if you want to be a good team. I still don't understand how shooting free throws is so hard. Bogut, you used to hit three pointers in college like crazy, you should have a good shot. Redd you make threes in the NBA, Come on Man! Charlie Bell, you can make crazy baseline jump shots, but you can't make a shot when no one is defending you? Okay, I hope you get the point.

* The Pacers suck, but since I have to pick a Hunter of the Night, I guess I will go with Roy Hibbert, because he had 16 points and 7 rebounds. That's all the love the Pacers will get.

* Not so fun stat of the night this is that this was the Bucks first road win since Nov. 21st. That's one full month ago.

Overall a win is a win, so the Bucks will take it. This will improve their record to 12-14 on the season. Next up for the Bucks are the Wizards on Wednesday. Go figure, the last time these two teams met the Bucks lost a tight one 104-102. Lets hope the Bucks can change things Wednesday and get back to back wins. Click the link below to check out the rest of the stats for the game.

If you're not down with that I got two words for ya....

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