Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bo"Got It"

Will this be the game that sparks the Bucks to finally start living up to their potential? I don't know that for sure, but I do know that Bogut made a huge tip in on Wednesday night to give the Bucks a much needed victory. Pacers' center Roy Hibbert took an awful shot with about 3 seconds left, and luckily for the Bucks it hit the front rim and then went right out of bounds. Bogut pointed to the clock, and the ref gave the Bucks .5 seconds to work with. Well, with a perfect pass from Mbah a Moute, and a great tip by Bogut as time expired, the Bucks would win the game 95-93. This has to be up there on the top Bucks game winning plays over the last decade, for sure.

(And for those wondering, the title Bo"Got It" is in reference to how the Cavaliers announce Mo Williams before their games, where they similar just say Mo"Got It". They showed this before their game against the Heat last weekend, and we've been joking about it every since at The Bucky Channel offices. Seriously, you can't begin to measure the levels of excitement we have around here).

For the Pacers, Granger knocked down a nice jumper with 33.5 seconds left, and then John Salmons missed his shot to give the Pacers the last chance of the game (or so we thought at the time). Good defense by the Bucks on Granger put the ball in young Hibberts hands, and he choked hard. Any good shot by Hibbert, which he had time to set his feet, hits the rim just right where the time would run out. So everything went just perfect for the Bucks tonight, which we haven't see much this season.

It would be nice to see them use this game to build some confidence. Again the Bucks didn't shoot the lights out, but they were able to work the offensive glass to get up more shots. I just don't get why this team is always shooting in the area of 36% night in and night out. Salmons still just can't find his shot, and we need him to figure it out. Ersan Ilyasova came out of nowhere to have a huge game tonight off the bench to keep us in this game, and thank goodness for that.

Here are some stats from this 97-95 Bucks win:

* Andrew Bogut, many thanks for making my bad day better. Not only did he have the huge tip in at the horn, but he also had a solid game. He finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Andrew has been playing well of late, so I hope his elbow is starting to come back to life. With the sweet game winner he will get the Bucks POTG. You can find the official Bucks Player of the Game standings somewhere out there, I'm sure. Good luck on that.

* Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to throw in a double double for the Bucks. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The rest of the bench had 11 points, so thank God Ilyasova decided to show up Wednesday. He also played 40 minutes because Sanders was in foul trouble.

* Jennings led the way with 22 points for the Bucks. He only had 4 assists, and not his usual six. Whats up with that Jennings?

* Nineteen offensive rebounds for the Bucks, and only five for the Pacers. That stat will help you win a lot of games. Now if they could just make shots the first time.

* Danny Granger had a great game, but just didn't do well enough to get past the Bucks. He finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

I'm pretty jacked up but this victory, but I know that I can't get too out of hand here, because we are still only 8-13 on the season. It just seems that sometimes when you have a game like this, teams can use that momentum to sometimes get it going. You see that elsewhere in the league with the Miami Heat, who seemed to have figure it out ever since they beat the Cavs. Sometimes you just need a just a little push to get the ball rolling.

We'll see on Friday if the Bucks can keep that momentum going when the Rockets come to the Bradley Center, a game which won't be easy. This is a team that Milwaukee should match up well against, and ultimately have a good chance to beat. Who's ready for a winning streak?


Nick said...

It is definitely one of their best game-winning shots over the last decade, maybe because it is one of the only ones. I don't know if a stat exists for "game-winning shots" but I would suspect that the Bucks have been historically bad at taking them AND defending against them over the last ten years. I was only gamecasting this one and when the Bucks had the ball with .5 seconds remaining I never dreamt they would actually MAKE the shot.

Also, what the hell happened to Salmons over the offseason? I never really agreed with signing him considering we signed a zillion other players already, but seriously, he has gone from the savior of this team to god-awful.

Anonymous said...

Do you remember Bogut doing the same thing against the Spurs in his rookie year?

Michael Redd's halfcourter to beat Cleveland?

Or this, easily the best considering the Bucks crawled their way back via the foul and chase. Great announcing call, too.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

heres video with a rodge clapping after last night's game winner in the bottom right corner

Gweedo said...

I always remember Mo Williams against the Pacers when he made it from about 5 feet outside the three point line. Check out the video
I love how Bango is the first one to jump on him.

It has been a long time since a good game winner, but the Bucks have had their fair share.

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