Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Statement Win for Bucks

Dear NBA teams, this Bucks team is ready to be a threat night in and night out. Coach Skiles is always talking about the statement win, and Tuesday night had to be a nice step for Milwaukee. I know Scott is still looking for a huge road win, but lets take what we can get. The Bucks and Celtics play two more times this year and it's always nice to get the upper hand early in the stretch run. The Bucks got off to a good start thanks in part to Andrew Bogut, who by the way has just been huge the last couple of months. Bogut had nine points in the first quarter to give the Bucks an early two point lead 24-22.

In the second quarter the Bucks hit a cold run after Ersan made a layup with 6:03 left in the half. They didn't score again till Salmons made a jumper with 2:43 left in the quarter. On the other side the Celtics scored 9 points in that span of time to build a little lead. In the final 2:40 of the half the game was back and fourth, and the Bucks found themselves down four at halftime. The Celtics bench owned the Bucks bench late in the first quarter and early in the second. The Bucks bench was outscored 20-8 by the Celtics bench.

The third quarter was the "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" quarter. It was back and fourth all quarter as both teams max lead was four points. Rasheed Wallace made a three pointer with 34 seconds left in the third to make it an even quarter for both teams. Both teams scored 22 points, and the Celtics maintained their four point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

With 8:03 second left in the game Glen "Baby" Davis hacked Jennings as BJ3 was going to the hoop, and things got a little heated. There was a brief interaction, and both players received technicals. This really seemed to pump up the Bucks more than it did the Celtics. The thing lost in this play was that Andrew Bogut made a huge block on Paul Pierce, and then made the outlet pass to Jennings. As Jennings went up for the layup Davis thought he was Clay Matthews, and he just smoked Jennings to the ground.

In the next 5:21 the Bucks would outscore the Celtics 18-9, so it seemed that the game was all but over. Not so much, as remember, this is the same team that won the NBA title two years ago. The Celtics held the Bucks to zero points in the final 2:42 of the game, but Paul Pierce could not make a fade away jumper at the buzzer to tie the game. The Bucks would hold on for the 86-84 win over Boston.

Lets check out some highlights from this exciting, huge, awesome, and statement win for the Bucks.

* Andrew Bogut, it just never gets old to see his name as the first person next to the highlight bullet points. Just another monster game from the big guy from down under. He finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Just never gets old to see stats like that keep up the good work big guy. Oh yeah if you couldn't figure this out for yourself those are Bucks POTG stats.

* Carlos Delthreenoguido (Winks Edit: Spell check had zero suggestions for that one), he looks like a Jersey Shore character, was on fire downtown Tuesday night. He finished the game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 tray balls. Always a plus when Carlos is feeling it from downtown as that is the strong point of his game. I guess he wasn't feeling well before the game either, because this afternoon he had a 102 degree temperature. With Stack sitting this one out with a tight hamstring we really needed Delfino.

* The Bucks shot great from the free throw line, but they still need to get to the line more. Milwaukee finished the game 10-11 from the free throw line. Great percentage, but they need to drive to create more fouls. As they need to not rely so much on the long jumpers, and fade aways.

* Good to see the Bucks working hard on the glass, both on the offense and defensive sides. They out rebounded the Celtics 41-34, but the big stat was 9 offense of rebounds to Boston's 4. Second chance points are huge, and you need as many as you can get.

* Rajon Rondo has been a tough guy to guard for anyone this year. It was no different Tuesday night as he was a key part in the Celtics game. Rondo finished with 20 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. Not sure what it is about this guy, but he just always seems to be a top performer for this team. Another good night for him will earn him a Hunter of the Night.

This was the win the Bucks have been looking for, and it's especially good for them as they have two more home games before they head West. It would be nice to see the Bucks win both of these home games. They are the 5th seed in the East right now, and building on that lead in the standings would be nice. Also they have a little time to rest up after a tough game like Tuesday night.

The Bucks are back in action Friday night in the Bradley Center against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are the 4th seed in the West so this is not going to be a walk in the park, but the way this team is playing it should be a good match up. Friday could be another statement game for Milwaukee so lets hope they step up to the table and get the job done. For the rest of the box scores click the link below.

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