The Other Side: Milwaukee Bucks
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.
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