Well, well, well...
This week there seemed to be a trend developing with the Bucks, start off the 1st quarter great, suck for the 2nd and 3rd quarter, and hope to have enough to battle back in the 4th quarter. Let me say, what a horrible trend to start developing. This week it seems that the Bucks forgot that there is 4 quarters and 48 minutes in the NBA baskletball games because they have only been playing about 20 minutes per game. I cant blame Coach Skiles for this.
I actually want to commend Skiles. Eventhough the Bucks have no played great, or even decent for that matter, he has kept them at a 50% record for the week (one game below for the season). Also I like that he is playing around with the roster. I do not like the 3 forward line ups he loves to try but he gets an "A" for effort, plus we only have 3 active guards right now so I understand.
- Luke Ridnour(9.4pts, 6.2ast, 2.8TO) Ramon Sessions(17.2pts, 6.2ast, 2.8TO)
The point guard situation, right now, seems to be a coin toss. Coach Skiles is hell bent on giving Ridnour the nod and I can understand why. Ridnour is experienced and has his best seasons in Seattle under a similar system, with a similar SG SF tandem (Ray Allen/Rashard Lewis vs Michael Redd/Richard Jefferson). Plus Skiles needs a scoring option with the second unit and Sessions can be that guy, whereas Ridnour is far from a scorer. They both share the same assist-to-turnover ratio so there is no difference in effeciency. The only noticable difference, right now, is in there scoring ability. As for now, the concensus is that Ridnour will be the starter. Right now they both are averaging slightly over 30 minutes per game and Redd averages about 35 minutes per game. When Redd returns they both will see about a 8-10 minute reduction in playing time because I do not see Charlie Bell playing less that 18-20 minutes per game (Skiles will not bench a guy who makes the money Bell does, $3.3 mil, and he playes 26 minutes per game now).
- CODE REDD - On Sunday, against the Knick Michael Redd went down. Now this has had no effect on the guards, its actually great for them becuase they have seen increased minutes and numbers. Where is does hurt, though, is with the post players, Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva. With no Redd commanding double teams or help defense, teams have been able to collapse the paint. Thus, rendering this pair, for lack of better words, useless scoring options. Over the past 3 games, they have averaged a combined 15 points on 33% shooting - YUCK!
- Joe Alexander(1st rd, 8th pick) - If Redd sits this week then we should see more Joe and he can get big time minutes, if he stays out of foul trouble (8 pts on 3-5 shooting, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2-2 ft% and 5 FOULS in 24 minutes). If he lessens the fouls he can see consistant minutes and he showed flashes against the Suns saturday night. Notable that fast break dunk on a pass from Sessions.
White men can jump!
Mil @ NYK
In this game we seen leading scorer Michael Redd go down late in the 3rd quarter with a sprained ankle. This had little outcome on the game because the Bucks we already ahead by 16 points. Redd started the 3rd quarter charge, unfortunatley he went out but Richard Jefferson and Ramon Session hung in there to close the deal. This was a flash of the Bucks capabilities because all the starters scored in double digits, Bogut was the low man with 13 points.
This was also Sessions 2nd start of the season and he was masterful in Ridnour's absence -
18 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast & 3 stl - in a Bucks Win
Mil vs Was
The Bucks had to battle back from a 14 point, 4th quarter, deficit. They were able to do so on the heels of an unsung hero, Luc Mbah a Moute, who scored 7pts, during a 10-2 Milwaukee Bucks run that got them within 4 points. The game went to overtime and the Bucks were able to steal the game back on our home floor.
Richard Jefferson held it down with 32 pts, 3 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, & 1 blk, in the overtime win
Mil @ Bos
In reality you can not expect the Bucks to do much against the defending champs, Celtics, especially with no Michael Redd but they tricked us and had another great 1st quarter. If games were only 12 minutes the Bucks would be the best team in the league. Again this is the Celtics though. Paul Pierce was able to put the clamps on Jefferson. Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins and Leon Powe dominated the frontcourts. Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Eddie House - c'mon Eddie House - yeah even Eddie House was able to severely limit the Bucks back court and force them into multiple turnovers. After the 1st 10 minutes it was not even a game any more.
BUCKS LOSE no one really worth noting. Chuck V had a double-double, 13 pts 12 reb.
Mil vs Pho
OMG!, Shaq dominated - 29 pts on 12-16 shooting, 11 reb, & 4 ast - Charlie Bell was the leading scorer for the first 3 quarters. This was the making for disaster. Andrew Bogut, Charlie Villanueva and Luke Ridnour were all no shows. Richard Jefferson was a half show.
Bucks got thrashed, looks like Sessions was the only one who came to play - 23 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 10 of 14 in freethrows, 0 TO, in 35 min