Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bench Party!



This the performance that you saw on Wednesday night from the Bucks is what could have happen last year if Bogut didn't get hurt. But to make sure that a situation like that didn't happen again, the Bucks went out and got some guys to help off the bench in case someone did get hurt. And on Wednesday, the Hawks got a feel for how good our bench can be. The bench outscored the starters Wednesday night 57-51. They also picked up for a slow start by the starters early in the game. The Bucks got down early 22-9, before they just took over for the rest of the first half and the rest of the game. The bench was able to score 35 of the 54 points in the first half.

In the second half, Milwaukee started off right where they left off going on a 9-3 run to start the quarter. That was just the start of the beating that was to come for the Hawks. Milwaukee was able to just find their stroke, and they just kept racking up the points. If Jeff Teague doesn't make a free throw with 3 seconds left in the quarter, then the Bucks are up by 30 points at the end of three quarters.

After it was realized that the Bucks were going to have road blowouts on back-to-back nights, the fourth quarter was mostly played out by the bench. The backups scored 18 of the 20 points for the quarter, as Salmons was the only starter to score in the fourth quarter. Atlanta was able to get it under 20, but still was not able to make a game of it.

Lets check out some highlights from this 108-91 beat down by the Bucks.

* Brandon Jennings started slow also for the Bucks, but was able to finish with 19 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. It just seems every night Jennings is right around that 6 assists total. I know he is really trying to get a few more, and it's showing.

* Let's take a deeper look at just how the 57 bench points were scored. Corey Maggette lead the way with 20 points, Ilyasova had 17, Dooling 9, Boykins 7, Brockman 2, and Sanders 2. I love seeing the bench help this team out. Other bench highlights were Ersan grabbing 10 rebounds and Boykins dropping 8 dimes on the Hawks.

* John Salmons was 7-12 from the field, and finished with 16 points. Good to see him find his stroke a little bit, but he needs to do this night in and night out. I still think he is trying to get back into game shape, but now with nine games under his belt he should be good.

* The Bucks were 51.7% from the field on Wednesday night. With the way the Bucks play defense, a field goal percentage like this will lead to a lot of blow outs.

* Take that Hawks. You scored just 14 points in the second quarter.

It was another solid performance from the Bucks Wednesday night. Now they get to come back home, and they get a few days of rest. Then they are back on the court Saturday against the Warriors. Golden State is another run and gun team like the Knicks, so we will need to bring the defense again. Also if they can keep up this good shooting things will look good for the Bucks again. Can Milwaukee get back to .500? We will have to see what Bucks team comes to the court Saturday. Bucks vs Warriors Saturday at the Bradley Center, tip is 7:30 central time.

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