Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bucks Win Third in a Row

In a day where the Wisconsin Badgers football team actually had more points than the Milwaukee Bucks, it's easy to say that the Bucks game on Saturday night against Golden State was all about defense. The two teams played in Milwaukee around the same time last year, and Brandon Jennings scored 55 in a back and forth game. But this year this game was all about a lot of help defense, forcing bad shots, and not giving up easy hoops. Milwaukee looked to have the offense going early, but other than the first quarter it was all low scoring quarters for the Bucks. The defense they played was good enough though for Milwaukee to get the 79-72 victory.

Andrew Bogut had a one man block party Saturday night with seven rejections, but Jennings tired to join the party throwing in the other two to give the Bucks nine total blocks. Milwaukee also had eight steals to help them win the game. With David Lee out for the Warriors, former Buck Dan Gadzuric had to start. The Bucks took advantage of his lack of offense, and also worked hard on the offensive rebounds. In fact, 19 of the 58 rebounds were offensive, and that might be the one stat that won them this game. While the defense was strong, it was a low scoring game also because no one could hit a jump shot in this one. Both teams only made 28 total field goals, but the Bucks got to the free line more.

The bench was the story in the last game for the Bucks, but not so much on Saturday night. Milwaukee's bench had just four points as they shot 1-18 from the field and made a couple of free throws. John Salmons picked the right night to have his coming out party for the 2010 season, because he was the only Bucks player to shoot over 50%. The other starters picked up the slack by all having double digit rebound numbers, all starting five did this except for Salmons.

Lets check out some highlights of this low scoring 79-72 Bucks win.

* Brandon Jennings had a nice stat filler night. He finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. That will win you Bucks POTG anytime you can do that. He just can't seem to get over the hump of six assists. That seems to be what he gets almost every game.

* John Salmons had a season high 26 points Saturday night. It's good to see him get his shot going. He seemed to be finding open space and knocking down jumpers. He also finished 4-6 from downtown, so this is a good sign. Maybe he is finally out of preseason mode.

* Talk about the Bucks working hard on the glass, well lets show you what the starters did exactly. Andrew Bogut led the way with 17 boards, Mbah a Moute had 12, and Jennings had 11. Drew Gooden had a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Salmons did chip in with four boards. Good to see every one getting in on the rebounding and not just leaving it up to Bogut.

* Winning a game while shooting 28-83 from the field doesn't happen a lot. A percentage of 33.7% is not going to help you win a lot of games. The Bucks were lucky to do so in this one.

* Monta Ellis seemed to be the only Warrior that showed up to the Bradley Center. He finished with 24 points, and 8 assists.

Nothing memorial about this one like there was last season though, just another good Bucks win.. Jennings didn't get 55 points again, but the Bucks did get to 5-5 on the season. It will not be easy when the Lakers come to town Tuesday. They have been beat once this year by the Nuggets, as the Hornets are the only team still undefeated in the NBA. So it would be nice if we can find some offense for Tuesday night. Can the Bucks get over .500 for the first time this season? Check out the action Tuesday at 7:00 Central time.

"He's getting his game legs."

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