Thursday, December 16, 2010

Different Night, But Same Ending

Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Milwaukee Bucks get down early, work hard to get back into the game, play solid in the fourth quarter, and then the game is tied with just over 30 seconds to go. The Bucks have the ball like they do every time with a half a minute left. I don't know what they talk about in the timeout, but it doesn't seem like they are talking about what play they're going to run. Play resumes, they run the clock down, and force up some crap shot. The other team, this time it was the Spurs, then has the last chance to win the game. With no pressure on you at all - knowing that if you miss the game will go into overtime - it's a bit easier to actually make the final shot. On this night, Manu Ginobili took his turn as the guy that buried the Bucks.

This is getting old fast, and the Bucks have no one to blame but themselves. They have the chance to make a hoop to put pressure on the other team, but then never do. I'm also not a huge fan of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute even being on the court when you need a big bucket. I love him on the defensive end, but he is just a handicap when you need a big shot. Richard Jefferson left him wide open to get the ball, and then pressured him into a bad shot.

I just can't rant about this anymore, so here are the stats from this 92-90 Spurs win.

* CDR is the real deal I think. He just seems to be all energy, and can drive to the hoop to make big shots at pretty much any time. He finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. I expect to see him staying in the starting line up.

* Drew Gooden played huge in the second half. He finished with the only double double for the Bucks. He had 20 points and 11 rebounds. I wouldn't mind to see him continue to play solid basketball. It might not be bad idea to keep him coming off the bench.

* Other than the two above, Bogut, Ilyasova, and Jennings all scored in double figures. Bogut had 15 points, Ilyasova had 13, and Jennings finished with 12.

* Fifteen Bucks turnovers hurt them tonight. This team isn't good enough to make mistakes.

* Both Andrew Bogut and Tim Duncan had 7 blocks. The two big men kept their teams in the game.

* Ginobili killed the Bucks Wednesday night, even before the final bucket. He finished with 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists. He earned the Hunter of the Night award Wednesday.

Can't let this bring you down, but they need to get off better shots late in the game. The Bucks get the Jazz at home in the Bradley Center Saturday night. I will be out of town this weekend so don't count on a recap. Maybe if something crazy happens I'll try to find a computer, but I'm sure my participation at Boston bars won't allow me to do that. Until then, it's time to put this game behind me.

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