Friday, February 4, 2011

Bucks Can't Close Out Warriors

Monta Ellis and company made shots down the stretch, and the Bucks couldn't keep up. Just another day in Bucks land. That final push helped the Warriors to a 100-94 victory on Thursday night against the Bucks. Milwaukee played much better Thursday than they have as of late, but they still couldn't pull out a victory. They also seemed to be playing at a little faster pace, which was one of the points I brought up in my last post. Either way when this team doesn't have Bogut they just don't seem to have that flow.

One of the reasons why the Bucks struggled was that they had a rough night from three point land, as they finished the game 6 for 23. Golden State on the other hand finished 12-24 from downtown, so that was the difference in this one. Miwaukee used the offensive boards to keep close in this one. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 11 of the Bucks 20 offensive rebounds.

Bench scoring was also a factor in this one, as the Warriors got 23 points off the bench. The Bucks only had 13, and John Salmons needs to get his shit together. In the offseason the biggest question was if Maggette would be a virus to this team. As of late Maggette has been playing awesome, and I would instead give Salmons the LVP award right now for this team.

Carlos, Corey, and Ersan all scored over 20 points for the Bucks on Thursday, so that's a positive. Delfino finished with 20 points, Maggette finished with 21 points, and Ilyasova lead the way with 23 points. Ersan started again at center for the Bucks in place of Bogut. Luc Richard played power forward as a result of this shuffle and he played awesome. He finished the game with 15 points, 19 rebounds, and 5 assists. As I said above 11 of his 19 rebounds were on the offensive glass, so that was huge.

Dorell Wright and Reggie Williams were huge from deep Thursday night. They finished a combined 7-10 from three point land, and scored 29 points. This is a team that can catch fire, and you have to keep up with them. The Bucks did a nice job holding strong for three quarters, but Milwaukee couldn't keep up in the fourth.

Thus finishes the Bucks West Coast road trip, as they dropped games to the Clippers, Phoenix, and now Golden State. Even though the Bucks seem to be constantly losing, they still just sit two games out of the eighth seed. But losing will catch up with this team eventually, so they need to figure things out quick. Their next chance to do that will be Saturday night, as they take on the Pistons at the Bradley Center. Game time is set for 7:30pm.

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