Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bucks Can't Handle Clippers on ESPN

Yeah, I'll say if a team with Steve Blake beats you then you know something is wrong. The problem for the Bucks Wednesday was first they were on ESPN as they never play well on national TV, and second Charlie Bell started. Carlos Delfino was out with an ankle injury, and that did not help the Bucks at all. Hurry back Carlos, I really don't want to see Bell play at all the rest of the season. This game was a battle down low for both teams, and the Clipper big men were up to the challenge.

The Bucks didn't play well in the first half at all. They seemed weak on defense, and the Clippers big man just pushed us around down low. Los Angeles had a 53-42 lead after the first half, and the Bucks had been holding teams to just about 90 points a game. I went to bed after that because West Coast games are on too late for me (Winks note: Come on, Gweeds, you don't have to be to work until ten! Just get up twenty minutes before work and skip a shower like I do!). I heard that the Bucks made a nice run in the third quarter. Also I went to bed with Jennings having 3 points. I woke up to see he finished with 21 so he had a nice quarter too.

Milwaukee had a two point lead going into the fourth quarter, but just could not hit a shot. They didn't score in the first three minutes of the quarter, so their lead was gone as fast as they got it. After that bucket they went another two and half minutes without a bucket again. These are stretches that you can't go with when your fighting for a playoff spot. The Bucks did get it to six points with just under three minutes to play, but the Clippers were able to hold off Milwaukee.

Lets check out a few highlights from this tough 101-93 defeat.

* Andrew Bogut was the main attraction in the first quarter was we worked the whole game through him. As the Bucks got behind they seemed to get away from him. He finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. I just think early in the fourth when they had a hard time scoring they should have been looking to work him more. Lets give the big guy the Bucks POTG.

* As I said before Brandon Jennings had a nice second half to help the Bucks fight back. He finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, but also 5 turnovers. Need to keep the turnovers down that is when this team is at its best. I think this team being hot on ESPN, and him being back at home, he tried to do to much to early.

* Free throws killed the Bucks Wednesday as they shot 11-14 from the line which is not bad. The only problem is the Clippers made 27-34 from the line. That is a plus 16 point difference for the Clippers. Bucks need to attack to rim when they can't get the three to drop.

* Six players scored in double figures for the Clippers. That is always something that if the Bucks can do they most likely win the game. Well this time it was done to them, and therefore they lost the game. Balance scoring seems to be the key for most teams in the NBA to win games. So lets give the Clippers starting five the Hunter's of the Night award, as they were the key to the upset win.

Tough game for the Bucks, but they can bounce back playing the Kings Friday. This is a big game for the Bucks as after Friday things do not get easy. They play the Nuggets Saturday, and then the Hawks a possible first round playoff match up Monday. Need to win the games against teams that are out of the playoff race if you want to be a contender. It is also a match up of the two profile rookies this year as Tyreke Evans takes on Jennings. People are saying that Evans is the rookie of the year by stats, but Jennings should maybe take it because he improved the Bucks record this year. That is a different story for a different day, but one thing is for sure the Bucks need to get back on track Friday night. Click the link below for the rest of the box scores if you really want to see this ugly outing by the Bucks.

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