Saturday, February 20, 2010

Everyone Gives a Hand in Win

As the above picture shows, Scott Skiles is the best coach ever, who else would help up a guy wearing two knee braces? The Bucks are just in a loving mood right now. They made a few trades, one which was huge because John Salmons didn't waste time making an impact for the Bucks. Friday night he hit a three that was the dagger to the Pistons. He was also the leading scorer for the Bucks with 19 points. Not too many times you see a team get a win when no one scores more than 20 points on the team. Salmons said after the game he had no clue what the players were and he just kind of went with the flow. Maybe we shouldn't run plays if we are going to win games by just going with the flow.

Milwaukee didn't come out firing Friday night though as they watched the Pistons jump out to an early 8-0 lead. The team came out flat, but when down 9-2 Delfino made a nice steal and dove for the ball. This might have sparked the rest of the team to start working harder. The Bucks were down six after the first, but things could have been a lot worse. The second quarter is when the Bucks turned up the heat. Jerry Stackhouse had twelve points in the game, ten in the second quarter and Milwaukee had a four point lead at halftime.

The second half was back and forth basketball. Neither team could really got out to a big lead. It was more of an anything you can do I can do better type of half. The only problem for the Pistons is that the Bucks did things just a little better Friday night. They really made a few hustle plays that ended up being the difference in the game. Jennings had a huge steal late, Salmons game sealing three was awesome, and Ilyasova had some huge rebounds when the Pistons were missing some late shots. Just a huge team effort Friday night. Also it was good to see Skiles stuck with the hot hand, and proved that just because you start doesn't mean you get to play more minutes.

Bell and Mbah a Moute both started, but only played about 12 minutes and 16 minutes respectively. I like how Skiles is kind of hard on these guys, and it kind of reminds me of a coach I follow a lot named Roy Williams. And not just because I always love giving love to any Tar Heels when I get the chance. I remember one time last year when Roy's all-star starting five did a five man sub back onto the bench where Williams chewed their asses for two and half minutes in the middle of the game. I know these guys are older than kids in college, but you need to show them who is boss and Skiles does an excellent job of that. Really a must win for the Bucks when you play teams like the Pistons who have had a rough season.

Lets check out some highlights from the 91-85 victory by the Bucks.

* John Salmons, welcome sir, and thank you for that huge three pointer. As I said above he led the team in scoring with 19 points. I was going to go with Ilyasova for player of the game, but just joining a team and making the three that put the game out of reach makes John a tough guy to pass up. So John, again welcome and here is your first Bucks POTG.

* Ersan Ilyasova has no luck whatsoever. He had a huge game, but since Salmons three stole he award we still want to show our love for him here at TBC. He finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Huge game off the bench for the young guy. He also was 6-6 from the field which is awesome. He has a lot of potential, which is the reason this guy didn't get traded at the deadline.

* Really Jennings? You were 1-13 from the field, what kind of game is that? Well believe it or not it could have been worse. Antawn Jamison played his first game with the Cavs Friday and night he was 0-12 from the field. So don't let it bother you Jennings, at least you didn't embarrass yourself as bad as Jamison did. Jennings points per game in February is below 11 so it has been a rough month.

* Can anyone say 23-4 when leading after the third quarter? Your Milwaukee Bucks sure can, because that what they improved their record to with this win Friday night. That is an awesome stat that shows we don't blow leads. Now if we can just get the lead by the end of the third the playoffs might be in sight.

* Six players scored in double figures for the Bucks. Good team effort boys, way to not put the load on one guys shoulders. Salmons (19), Delfino (16), Ilyasova (16), Bogut (12), Stackhouse (12), Jennings (10).

* Richard Hamilton did all he could to keep the Pistons in the game Friday night. He finished the game with 29 points, and was 10-10 from the free throw line. This will earn him the the Hunter of the Night award.

* This is a Winks find, but I had to show people if it stays like it is. Click on this link of Rudy Gay's profile tell me if you see something wrong.

Overall a good bounce back win after the three point party the Rockets had Wednesday night. No time to celebrate because the Bucks host the hot Bobcats. The Bobcats are coming off a huge win over the Cavs, so this will be no walk in the park. Lets hope Salmons can learn a play or two and maybe put up 30 tonight. By the way I did forget to add that odds are Charlie Bell will be moved to the bench for Salmons. Not sure when, but if it is not Saturday night it better be Monday night. Click the link below for the rest of the box scores from Friday nights game.

Ill taste the sky and feel alive again....


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