Scott Skiles, I know how you feel, only I was just yelling at the TV. Wednesday night's 105-102 overtime loss to the Celtics is going to be a tough one to get over for the Bucks. They played well all game, and did what they needed to do to give themselves a chance at the end. The only problem is they just couldn't get a stop when they needed one. Jermaine O' Neal made a tip in that put the Celtics up two with 1:49 left in overtime. I think if the Bucks could have found a way to get that rebound then maybe this game would have had a different outcome. Paul Pierce did his part as well to finish the Bucks off by going 8-8 from the line in the final 1:08 of the game.
With 4.2 seconds left in OT the Bucks had to inbound the ball under the Celtics hoop. They needed a three to tie, but for some reason they felt the need to throw the ball past half court. I'm not a very fast person, but I think I could get from my own three point line to just past half in 3.7 seconds to get a decent shot off. Make or miss it, still gives you a chance to tie the game. I think the Bucks are the worst team in the league at getting shots off with under 5 seconds left in the game, and Carlos Delfino's inbounds chuck up to nobody proved just that.
This is the type of game that most time I would happy about how we played hard and lost to a good team by three points. But now the Bucks fall to 1-4, and Friday nights game becomes that much more important. I really think the Bucks will be forced to win both games this weekend to get back into this thing, even though it's still early. Both of my teams that I picked to make the leap this season, the Bucks and the Thunder, are not starting out very well. The Thunder fell to the Clippers last night to drop to 2-2, and the Bucks are now 1-4 on the season. Of course, there is still a lot of time left, but I'm starting to get worried that this team might not be what we thought it was.
Lets check out some highlights from this 105-102 Celtics win.
* Andrew Bogut made a few dumb plays late, but he did have a good game overall. Seeing him play 48 minutes tells me he is back. He finished with a team high 21 points and 13 rebounds. Six of his 13 rebounds were on the offensive end, so he did give the Bucks extra chances to score.
* Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to give a good hard 35 minutes of play. He finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds. He was a guy that I felt if we could get solid production out of, that would be one of the things to take us to that next level.
* John Salmons just can't figure it out, and at the rate he is playing I'm not sure he will be a Buck all season. He started the game 2-3 from the field, and I thought maybe he would find that stroke he had last season. Boy was I wrong, as he finished 3-10 from the field with just nine points. Also he never saw the court in overtime, which is the most telling stat of them all.
* Hunter of the Night goes to............. Paul Pierce, as he reached 20,000 points in a Celtic uniform. He finished the night with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. The fact that he made all eleven of his free throws throughout the night was huge for the Celtics.
The Bucks get a day off Thursday before they head to Indiana to face the Pacers. This is a must win game for the Bucks. The Pacers are not that good of a team, and we could really use some wins right now. They face the Hornets on Saturday night who have yet to get beat, so these next two games will be huge. Also for those who did watch the game last night, you'll agree that Kevin Garnett should fall into the category of someone that no one look look up to. That is all about you'll get to me to say about him.
Actually, wait. One more thing.
If you like Kevin Garnett, but yet hate LeBron for what he did, please think back a few years. Kevin Garnett cried his way out of a crap team to get on a team that could win it all. At least LeBron finished his contract, and never cried about not winning.
NOW I'M DONE!
"We did a lot of good things tonight. Somebody's got to lose."