Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bogutless Bucks Are in Playoffs

With Andrew Bogut out of the lineup, the Bucks no longer have the powerful offensive team they used to, so they must step up the defense. That is what they did Tuesday night at the United Center as they knocked off the Chicago Bulls to clinch a playoff spot. In the first quarter they didn't have Bogut around to score his normal 10 early points. So they looked lost out there, and only put up 14 points in the quarter. Scott Skiles said after the first quarter something like, hey guys we didn't play defense, we didn't play offense so we are going to get killed unless we start playing both.

In the second they did just that. The Bucks outscored the Bulls 28-9 in the second quarter, and looked like an NBA team again. Ilyasova and Ridnour had a good quarter while scoring some points for the Bucks. The Bucks had five steals in the quarter, and also had a block so that is where the defense came into the play. If this team is to get anywhere in the playoffs they must force turnovers, and block shots.

The third quarter I just yelled at the TV because FSN kept screwing up the score, and everything was off. The time looked like a High School State Basketball game. The shot clock was red for all 24 seconds. Then the Bulls had what the Bucks had for a score, and the Bucks had the crappy score the Bulls had. I was pissed if you can't tell, and so I really don't remember what else happened in the quarter. Also this was about the time the Brewer game was getting good, so lets just move on.

The fourth was when the rain started coming down hard outside of our luxurious North Fond du Lac apartment and Bear got a half rod. So he was walking in front of the TV, and kept talking about some cell that was moving. Like I gave fuck about some cell moving in, when the Bucks had a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 05-06. So the early fourth quarter was hard to watch, but I did get to see the Bucks man up in the final two minutes to get the job done. Kurt Thomas made a huge play when he caused Brad Miller to travel late in the game. The Bucks did miss some free throws late, but they did make the ones they needed to put it out of reach.

Lets look at some highlights from this 79-74 Bucks win.

* John Salmons was back in Chicago for the first time since he was traded to the Bucks. Well he played like he really wanted to stick it to the Bulls Tuesday. He finished with a team high 26 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. He will get the Bucks POTG for Tuesday night.

* Kurt Thomas may have not hit his jumper, but he did play awesome defense, and he got a team high 14 rebounds for the Bucks. He took charges, he had a block, and his +/- for the game was + 19. If he keeps doing what he did Tuesday night I think this team should be able to hang in most games.

* I talked about Ilyasova and Ridnour scoring in the second quarter. They finished the game with a combined 30 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. It would be nice to see the rebounds and assist totals higher but if they score like they did that will help too. The bench will need to step up and score with Andrew out.

* The Bulls were 7-11 from the free throw line, while the Bucks were 16-22. It's good to see the Bucks finally get to the line more than the other team.

* Since I hate Chicago sports I will not be giving away a Hunter of the Night, because they scored 74 points and they suck.

Glad to see the Bucks back in the Playoffs, and maybe they will be able to even make some noise once they get in. I think a lot of people are giving up on the Bucks, since Bogut got hurt. Well the Bucks players and coaching staff are not giving up, and neither should you. With a spot in the playoffs already but still not sure who we will play, I think they will keep trying hard every game to try and improve their seed. The Bucks are back on again Wednesday night as they face the Nets at home. Also if you are going to the game, like the creator of this website is, you will receive a Bango bobblehead tonight. Click the link below for the rest of the box score from Tuesday nights win.


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