Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bucks Hold off Pacers

The Bucks escaped their game in Indiana with a 112-110 victory, even though they tried to blow this one in the fourth quarter. Thank God they didn't because these are the must win games for them. The Bucks didn't play much defense in the first or fourth quarter, which didn't help because the Pacers came out on fire early in the game. Milwaukee made two late tray balls to cut the lead down to one after one. The Pacers are not a scoring team and they don't really shoot well so trailing in the first quarter was a little bit of a surprise.

However, the second and third quarter belonged to the Bucks. That is when they took control of the game, until they almost collapsed in the late fourth quarter. Good balanced scoring, and some strong defense of play kept the Bucks in this game. Seven players scored in double figures for Milwaukee. This is really what this team needs to do. They cant put the load on one player's shoulders. The only thing that kept the Pacers in the game was they made 35 free throws. It also might have cost them the game, because they missed nine free throws.

For the Bucks on the other hand, both Salmons and Jennings made their free throws at the end of the game to secure the win. This game now makes the Bucks 5-0 with John Salmons on the team. And speaking of streaks, Andrew Bogut had two more blocks Thursday night which extends his block streak to 22 games. He is looking like an all star more and more everyday.

Lets check out some highlights from the 112-110 win over the Pacers.

* Andrew Bogut just keeps doing his thing. He finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He was 7-9 from the field and made his only free throw. He will earn the Bucks POTG for Thursday.

* Like I said above seven players scored in double figures. Salmons (20), Jennings (18), Ilyasova (17), Bogut (15), Ridnour (12), Stackhouse (11), Delfino (10). Wouldn't mind seeing those type of numbers put up every night. I think this team could win a lot of games with this balance of scoring.

* Jennings and Ridnour dishing out passes, good stuff. Ridnour lead the way with 8 assists, while Jennings was right behind him with 7. Jennings did have one pass that was awesome. He drove the lane and two defenders collapsed down on him, so he fired a pass to Bogut for the layup. I really like when Jennings has his pass first hat on.

* The Bucks are 8-2 in their last ten. As of right now they are the 7th seed in the East. That would be the best seed because we shouldn't have to play the Cavs in the first round.

* Danny Granger I feel sorry for you. He is such a great player, but is stuck on this god awful team. They need a new coach, and they need to get a big guy to battle down low. Granger finished with 21 points, and 5 rebounds. He will earn the Hunter of the Night.

This was a must win game at this point in the season. The Bucks got the job done, but will need to bring a little better game to the table as they play the Heat. Thing do not get easier from there as they play at Atlanta Sunday to cap off the 5 game week. I would take a split out of these games. If they sweep we could be looking at a team that might fight its way into the sixth seed. Only time will tell what will happen, but lets hope that they finish this season strong. For the rest of the box scores click the link below.

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