Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bucks Can't Cool Down Heat


Chris Douglas-Roberts had his best game as a Buck Friday night, but sadly that might be overshadowed by two missed free throws in crunch time. I really hope this doesn't stick with him, because it really look like it hurt him in overtime. He had a chance to tie it the game against the Heat at 89 with those two free throws, but he missed both, and badly. The Bucks were able to still tie the game up after Carlos Arroyo foolishly mishandled the ensuing inbound, but you could still see in CDR's actions that he was upset with himself. CDR has talked a lot lately about how he needs to pick up his game because he hasn't been playing very well. It was nice to see him being so strong going to the hoop and hitting jumpers Friday. I just hope those two free throws don't put him in a slump again.

Milwaukee ended up losing the game, and it looked to be a blowout after the first quarter. The Heat had a 30-18 lead after one, and it seemed that the Bucks would not get out of that hole. But from the second quarter on the Bucks defense was awesome against this high power Heat team. Miami scored less and less each quarter as the game went on. Milwaukee was able to hold them to just 16 points in the fourth quarter also, which is an amazing stat in its own. Still the Heat were able to survive in overtime 101-95.

I was watching the game with the Bucky Channel's own Bart Winkler late in the game when we were looking for a big shot. I kept saying to him, "Man it would be nice to have Jennings, Delfino, or Gooden right now." If the Bucks scraps took the Heat to the wire, I wonder what we'd be able to do against them with a healthy squad. Delfino did shoot around on the court Friday afternoon, the first time he has been on a court in a long time. He could be back in two weeks. Gooden should be back mid next week, and Jennings is looking to be back at the end of the month.

As I said before Chris Douglas-Roberts had a nice game, and he deserves a lot of credit. He finished with 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was one point shy of his career high, which he scored against the Bucks when he was a member of the Nets. Andrew Bogut had a Kevin Love type rebounding night. Bogut finished with 27 rebounds, and also threw in 12 points. LeBron was able to carry the Heat on this night, as he finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals, and 5 assists. The guy is undoubtedly good, but I think the Bucks did a good job against him. Wade was as cold as the temperature outside Friday night. Bosh got into foul trouble, but he still finished with 16 points, and 12 rebounds.

The only good news for the Bucks is they have the easiest schedule the from here on out in the NBA. So they could get everyone back, and get on a 10 game winning streak to still get in this thing. We seem the be the team that is one big shot away from being a very good team, but right now we are just a good team. I think we are the best 13-21 team in the league, because well we are playing much better than our record is showing. They get another chance to improve that record on Saturday night as they take on the Nets in New Jersey. The Nets are coming off a big win against the Bulls earlier in the week, which proves no game is an easy one. Needless to say, the Bucks do really need this one. Tip is at 6:00 Central time, however it is untelevised in Wisconsin.

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