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The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks


The Bucks aren't all about Brandon. Don't forget about Bogut, mate. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)


Former Buck Earl Boykins helped the Wizards snap a four-game losing streak to Milwaukee when he scored 11 fourth-quarter points in 104-102 win on Dec. 2. Bucks Coach Scott Skiles got ejected in that game and suspended for another after arguing with officials over a non-foul call. But the Wizards continue to have problems at Bradley Center, where they have lost three in a row. The Bucks are 9-5 at home this season, but they have lost their past two games in Milwaukee to the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings. Both losses were decided by a combined two points.

The Bucks have a 12-14 record, following an 84-81 win over Indiana on Monday, but they still have the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference and rank second in the Central Division behind Cleveland. Here's what else you need to know about the Bucks:

1. Brandon Jennings might not be the runaway choice for the rookie of the year with the emergence of Sacramento's Tyreke Evans. When the two for the first time on Saturday, Evans outscored him 24-15 and made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Kings a 96-95 victory. Jennings said this Christmas will be rough as well , after he got fined $7,500 last week for tweeting before the NBA allows. But Foxsports' Charlie Rosen said Jennings may soon emerge as the Bucks' leader.

2. Michael Redd didn't play in the last meeting, as he is still recovering from a left knee injury. Redd has returned for the past five games, but he has struggled to regain his shooting touch. The former all-star and Olympic gold medallist is shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor and averaging just 12 points. He's also shooting just 50 percent from the foul line, contributing to the Bucks free throw woes. Milwaukee is the second-worst free throw shooting team in the league.

3. Andrew Bogut had a career night on Monday in Indianapolis with 31 points and 18 rebounds to help the Bucks snap a three-game losing streak. The former No. 1 overall pick is having the best season of his career, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds.

By Michael Lee  |  December 23, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
 
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lookout guys back to back games are muuuuuuuuuuuurder on tha Wiz. Hope Gil keeps playing at this level, and we're gonna need a big night from the bench, btw will foye start again tonight?does he deserve to start?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 23, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Well let's see if they can handle success(albeit one game) and beat a team that is clearly on the upswing and with a no-nonsense coach(you think the Bulls would like to reconsider letting Skiles go?)Vinny(he's not my cousin!)Del Negro is a joke he's about as qualified to coach as i am to perform surgery clueless comes to mind when i think of this guy i'm surprised he's still working after that meltdown monday night against Sac-town.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 23, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

Every time there's a game coming up, you start way too many threads.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 23, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

you'd think that all 3 of those insider tips about the bucks coulda been added to the morning brew. next we get one about the starting lineups and then possibly one on Flip's hair regimen. But we will not get one single thread regarding Mike Miller, or javaris Crittenton and their respective injuries (that bs about javaris the other day was nothing. what's new? it sounds like his season is almost over. he's got feet like Yao Ming)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 23, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I also believe that Aj will be gone shortly hopefully for a 2nd round draft choice and other considerations.
Posted by: mricklen | December 23, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

this is maybe the silliest post I ever read.

Really, a guy that can still average 20+ pts and 8+ boards for a second rounder? Are you nuts???

We should be getting a 1st rounder and at least one decent vet. That doesn't even take into consideration that we would have to get at least $12 million in player salaries just to make the deal work by the NBA's rules.

I thought you might be a reasonable person, but after that post, I am afraid I can never take anything you say seriously again.
Posted by: Blurred | December 23, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry to disappoint you but....yes Aj has great stats.
Now let's take a second and look at his trade potential. We got him from Dallas after he was the best 6th man the previous year...
Traded by Dallas with cash to Washington for Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and the draft rights to Devin Harris in 2004.
That is a pretty big package in retrospect. But it really came down to Aj for Dv at this point. It is now 5 years later. Aj is 33 and playing with 2 bad shoulders and no defensive interest. Also very difficult for vets to recognize the downside is in progress.
He is also a small forward in a power forwards body. Though can you imagine him trying to defend those many talented and dynamic 3's in this league. He does not defend but rather backs off and chases rebounds. Let me know the next time he wins a contested rebound.
I like him and think he is a class act for a ball player.
But his value is on the decline. Let's see what his value is on the market. I hope I am wrong and you are right. But we will not win with him playing 40 minutes at the 4.

Posted by: mricklen | December 23, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Might be a rough night for Brendan if Bogut stays out of foul trouble. He's the type of inside-out five that can give Brendan trouble and I don't know if Flip is ready to let McGee out of the doghouse.
Get ready for some Oberto tonight.

Posted by: and_1 | December 23, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"He's the type of inside-out five that can give Brendan trouble and I don't know if Flip is ready to let McGee out of the doghouse. Get ready for some Oberto tonight."

Agreed.

At least last night he moved Blatche back to the 4 when Oberto came in. Honestly, they have to play Blatche more. He's mis-match problems for like 90% of the league.

If the Wiz tank it tonight you might see lots of changes on the horizon.

- Ray

PS - AJ deserves a 1 plus a vet. They aren't going to just let that guy go for nothing and he makes too much money.

Posted by: rmcazz | December 23, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Shaq and Gilby on the same team?

Never!!!!!!

Too much drama.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/091223&sportCat=nba

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 23, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Some matchups always give us fits and the Bucks usually have some hard matchups for us but this game comes down to one thing and one thing only. Did the Flip benching really have a carry over effect? The starters were much more aggressive in the 4th, took the ball to the hoop or came forward the whole quarter, and I didnt see a single bad shot. If we play like that then we will win because Caron ususally plays well in his hometown, there 4’s cant guard AJ, and if Gil is right & aggressive then he should abuse the smaller Jennings & Luke. Dont bail them out by taking long J’s. If you drive on them then you will get a layup, a foul, or an open shot for someone else. The key matchup is Redd vs Foye & Young. That should be intersesting. I pray that this is one of those games where he doesnt just come off of screens and never misses. If he’s on then he’s very hard to stop with his stroke and him being a lefty no matter how good your D is, espically with him coming hard off screens.

The bottom line is this. Sooner or later we have to win one of these games. Its like every single time this year you thought we were turning the corner, we then get brought back to earth. We cant get any momentum going. Its the same thing for individual players in games. Its like no one can hit 3 or 4 shots in a row. Sooner or later it has to start clicking. Im nearly 100% sure we will beat the Wolves if we win this game so we need this win to make it 4 of 5 going into Memphis with a confident team and a finally confident Arenas. If you do that with Miller soon coming back then everything starts to change

Posted by: dlts20 | December 23, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"...Michael Redd didn't play in the last meeting, as he is still recovering from a left knee injury. Redd has returned for the past five games, but he has struggled to regain his shooting touch."

What? One of the NBA's best shooters struggling to come back after an injury layoff?

Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 23, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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