Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bucks Beat Nets in Front of 1,016 People

In my Winks Thinks this week, one of the things I talk about is how strict the ticket ushers at the Bradley Center can be. Their complete opposite? The staff at the IZOD Center on Wednesday night as the New Jersey Nets took on the Bucks in front of 1,016 people. I'm no historian, but that has to be some kind of record. It was so bad that the fans that did show up were invited by the ushers to come and sit courtside, to at least make it look like this was an actual NBA game.

Apparently the paid attendance was in the 12,000 range, and Nets officials are saying that the terrible snowstorms in the Northeast were the reason for the low turnout. I'll agree with them to a point, but regardless of what the conditions are outside you're not going to draw a lot of fans when you are now 4-48 on the season.

For those that did show up, they saw a pretty competitive game in the first half, at least until the Bucks finally took over in the second. Milwaukee outscored New Jersey 53-33 after halftime, finishing the game with a 97-77 victory. Andrew Bogut led the way with 22 points and 9 rebounds, and he'll get POTG honors. Also deserving mention are Ersan Illysova (18 points, 6 rebounds), Luke Ridnour (17 points, 8 assists), and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (8 points, 12 rebounds).

It was a nice win for the Bucks, one that they really couldn't afford to lose if they are going to contend for a playoff spot. The win helps the Bucks forget about their unfortunate loss to Detroit the night before, and puts the Bucks three games under .500 as they head into the break. They're a game back of the 8th seed in the playoff chase, and will have plenty of time to rest up as their next game isn't until next Wednesday. Only Brandon Jennings is competing in any of the All-Star weekend activities (Rookie Challenge), so this is a team that should be well rested by the time they take on Houston next Wednesday.

As for a Hunter of the Night, let's give it to Devin Harris. He had 27 points, while no other Net had more than eleven. What a terrible team that is.


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