Saturday, December 19, 2009

They Did it Again...

They played with our hearts, they made us believe, and got us lost in the game. Alright enough with the Britney Spears act Milwaukee either get killed in games or smoke other team. I've had enough of these last minute meltdowns and failed comebacks. The Bucks played the first half of the game like a playoff team. Only to come out in the second half and play like a lottery team. Its clear that Milwaukee needs to find out what kind of team they really are.

The Bucks came out on fire again Friday night as they set the pace of the game early. Jennings had 6 assists half way through the first quarter and things were looking good. Buck were up 18-9 when the Cavs called timeout to get re-organized. They must have figured out something because they finished the quarter down 26-24.

The second quarter was much of the same. Milwaukee started the quarter off with an 8-0 run, in which Bell and Redd made three's. The Cavs again found their defense, which creates a lot for this team, to take the lead 35-34. The Bucks kept fighting for the rest of the quarter and finished the half with a 49-47 lead.

The third quarter is when the game fell apart for the Bucks. Milwaukee put up a monster 12 point quarter, and were down 71-61 at the end of three. Not much to talk about when your team puts up 12 points in a quarter.

The Fourth quarter was down, up, down for the Bucks. However, the Cavs decided to go ice cold and let the Bucks back in it. The Cavs played a little like the Bucks and decided not to score the final 4:35 of the game. The Bucks on the other hand were not shooting lights out, but kept trimming the lead. The Cavs had the ball up three, with 29 seconds to go all I could think of was James hitting a basket that would put the game out of reach. Well James started to drive with about 11 seconds left, only to lose the ball for a turnover. THE BUCKS STILL HAD HOPE.

But deep down we all knew the game was over, but hey anything is possible right? With enough hope the Bucks could have tied it with a three. Who would take that shot? Brandon Jennings. Would he emulate Kobe's magic from a few nights ago? Nope Jennings got off an awful shot and the play they ran sucked. Why wasn't Redd on the court? Why didn't Ilyasova take the final shot? Unfortunately, I was not in the huddle at the end of the game so we will never know.

Lets take a look at a few highlights from the game Friday night.

* Andrew Bogut, who we really needed to play well Friday, spent most the his night on the bench. He couldn't keep from hitting Shaq on some dumb fouls and he didn't move his feet. He finished the game with 4 points and 8 rebounds. He needs to show up for big games likes this against other dominating centers in the league.

* Brandon Jennings, as I said above, got off to a nice start finding open people. As the game went on he kind of got away from that and started looking for his shot. Usually he seems to have a feeling when he knows he is on. Tonight was not one of those nights and he should have been looking to pass more. He did however finish the game with 18 points and 8 assists.

* Ersan Ilyasova scored 9 of his points in the fourth quarter. This is why he should have been taking the shot to send the game in to overtime. Also what I like about him taking the shot is he is a bigger guy that even with a person in his face he can still get a good shot off. Either way he finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. For his fourth quarter scoring we will give him Bucks POTG.

* Lebron James, why did you have to be the only to show up for your team? Without him Friday this team would have been hurting. He finished 2 assists short of a triple-double. He ended up with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. That will earn him the Hunter of the Night award.

* For a look at the leader board lets go to Mo, Mo. Mo Williams, the former Buck, finished the game with 17 points and hit 2 three pointers. Not a huge game for Mo, but just another solid 17 point game.

* Last thing, Milwaukee was 7-26 from downtown. This teams lives and dies by the three. We will die a lot if they only shot 26.9% from deep.

Overall another close game for the Bucks, but in the end another L was put on the board. They fall to two games below .500 with a 11-13 record. They will look to bounce back Saturday night as they take on the Sacramento Kings at home. This will be a huge match up for young Jennings. The other front runner for rookie of the year Tyreke Evans will be in the Bradley Center. Lets hope Jennings can get the best of him. For the rest of the box score click the link below.

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