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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks were expected to be among the dregs of the league, with the team letting free agents Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions walk for nothing, making a risky draft choice with some kid who put up mediocre numbers in Italy and opening the season with an injured all-star in Michael Redd.

But Scott Skiles has the Bucks off to a surprising 9-7 start as they arrive at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Rookie Brandon Jennings quickly exploded onto the scene, leading the Bucks to eight wins in their first 11 games. The Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with a 99-97 win over the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee has won four consecutive games over the Wizards.

The Answer Part II coming at you. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Here's what else you need to know about the Bucks.

1. Brandon Jennings is the early favorite for rookie of the year. Jennings had his coming out party early, when he erupted for 55 points against Golden State. After skipping college at Arizona to play professionally in Italy last season, Jennings has already drawn comparisons to Allen Iverson. But Scott Skiles cautions about getting too caught up in the hype because Jennings is still learning to adjust to the NBA. In the first 11 games, Jennings averaged 25.3 points on 47.9 percent shooting. In the past five games, he has averaged 14.2 points on 29.8 percent shooting.

2. Andrew Bogut is back. He got kicked in the leg on Nov. 18 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. But after missing the previous six games with a left leg injury, Bogut had 22 points and 15 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick is averaging 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

3. Michael Redd, the best second-round pick Ernie Grunfeld ever drafted, didn't travel with the team because of soreness in his left knee. Redd has been limited to just five games this season and he hasn't come close to resembling his former self. He averaged 9.8 points and shot 27.8 percent with the Bucks going 1-4 with him. But the Bucks will rely on defensive specialist Charlie Bell in the interim and wait for Redd to join forces with Jennings.

By Michael Lee  |  December 2, 2009; 3:53 PM ET
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I need to see a solid back-to-back W tonight to continue our progress. Another monster effort by BH on Bogut would be nice, and strong, patient contributions by the Big 3 again. I'd like to see NY and AB continue to progress. And D-Mac is playing great as a fill-in defender. The rotation is looking solid with EB handling point and Gil at the duece.

Posted by: quinn3 | December 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Blow out tonight. And before Samson asks by whom, I'll say the Wiz. The bench players should get lots of minutes.

Posted by: Izman | December 2, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Watching college ball tonight, so will probably miss this one. Hope they play well and hard.

When this team is "on" they can match with almost anyone. We need to figure out how to flip that switch and lock it in place.

Go Wiz!

Posted by: Blurred | December 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

what happened to Foye? Can we give Arenas some rest early and get Foye some minutes tonight with NY. He was really playing well early in the season, so I know he can be a valuable contributor or at least some valuable trade bait.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | December 2, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse


In case you missed my posts re: CB earlier this afternoon, as a response to your love-fest for "TUFF JUICE."

"Snap-shot of CB last night in the third. Dribble drive, blocked, turnover. Next possession, drives, pulls up for a seventeen-footer, clangs the rim. Next possession, drives, charge, turnover. On the other end, loses his man and doesn't close out in the corner. His man buries a three."

"That was a nasty sequence. But once the ball was out of CB's hands. the team rallied, and played great ball, especially on defense in the fourth."

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse


This may come as a shock to you, but this blog is full of CB fans. We have seen him earn the nickname "Tuff Juice".

But this version of CB looks entirely different. He looks lost on the court. Forced shots, dribbling into trouble, bad passing.

In fact, he's starting to play like DeShawn Stevenson! Maybe its something contagious.

Posted by: bozomoeman | December 2, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"And maybe he wants out of D.C. I've been guessing that since last mid-season. If your head's not with the program, it's hard to excel."

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Caron's trying to fit into Flip's system(whatever that is!) yeah he 's gets' a lotta love on this blog and rightly so some of you wishy-washy whichever way the wind blows so called fans need to take that weak azz krap somewhere else, he'll be fine all Flip needs to do is turn him loose let Caron be himself stop trying to micro manage your best players, as the saying goes let your thoroughbred's run.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah, yeah. O.K. let's see more passing, dimes, and less 1 on 1 iso dribble drives from CARON. His "D" remains solid if unspectacular. He still allows uncontested shots on lack of rotation, and a few break-downs on dribble-drives, but that happens to everybody on occasion. I'm a believer when I see a season of team play. Until then, I'm on the fence where CARON is concerned.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 2, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Need a W tonite. Need to start strong and hold the lead. Keep the starters fresh for the 4th Q.
Gotta spread the minutes around.
Javale & Foye need to be on the floor and contribute. NY stay focused on both of floor.

Posted by: VBFan | December 2, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm worried about some of you(glawrence007) and your short term memory loss like i said i've got faith in Caron he's trying to fit in to Flip's "system"and in doing that he' not the same player Bullet fans are use to seeing he's not out there free lancing, he'll be allright no thanks to some of you fair weather so called fans.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 2, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse


calling everyone who citiques Caron's game "fair weather" is letting your emotions get the best of you. Most I see, people make comments based on what they see from his game from night to night.

I don't think he is "mailing it in" or anything like that. I personally think he hustles and TRIES to help otherwise, but his game has always been one -on -one.

If thats the only "WAY" you know how to play, no one is going to give you the green light unless you are unstoppable.
Just wish he would stop double /tripple pumping then shooting long jumpers in defenders faces. (UNLESS YOU CAN MAKE THEM)

Posted by: millineumman | December 2, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Caron loves to do that jab step over and over trying to get the defender to bite...only the defender never does. Then he jacks up a shot. When he stops doing that and also returns to converting layups effectively, he'll be good. Right now he looks like a B-list, borderline C-list player, but still a small sample size. Last night when he dunked, that was a sign of old Caron. Two steps forward, one step back.

Posted by: Crunkenstein | December 2, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What's the status of Mike Miller?
Any timeline?
Also J Critt. Any news?
I would like to see these 2 back at full strength.
Mike James?

Posted by: VBFan | December 2, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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