Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bucks Get Back to .500

Realistically, it's going to be more than a couple of years before the Bucks will start legitimately contending for any sort of championship, if at all. But throughout this rebuilding process, John Hammond appears to be doing his best to at least make this team competitive in the short team. It seems to be working. Since December 12th, the Bucks have gone on a 10-3 stretch and they're finally back at the .500 mark, currently seeded seventh if the playoffs were to start today.

They got to that standing on Wednesday night with a solid 115-95 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at the Bradley Center. This game was close early, but by the middle of the third quarter it became apparent that only a monumental collapse would cost the Bucks a victory. Milwaukee had a season high 72 points in the paint which was the signature stat in a pretty much dominating performance, especially in the second half when the Bucks outscored NOLA 54-40.

Player of the Game honors will definitely be going once again towards Andrew Bogut, who had his fourth straight double double, this time socring 26 points and bringing in 13 rebounds. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute also had a nice performance, scoring 10 and rebounding 10, while the newly acquired Primoz Brezec also performed well in his first Bucks appearance, grabbing down one monster board in three minutes of play. Man, is that guy a beast or what! (yes, sarcasm)

The Bucks have no time to rest though, as they are back in action again tonight against the Pacers at 6pm. After that, it's a Saturday day game in Miami and then an evening contest in Atlanta on Sunday. It's a pretty busy stretch for Milwaukee, but also a great opportunity for them to start to distance themselves from those in the playoff race.


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