Tag:Luke Ridnour
Posted on: December 3, 2008 6:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 6:14 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks: Week 5 (0-4)

(sigh) Winless for the week... 7-12 for the season... Last place in the division... only better than the Wizards and Bobcats in the east.... (Sigh)

I can Hardly beleive the Bucks were not able to eek out at least 1 win. I will not beat up on my team though because, the truth is, there is a lot of upside to this Bucks team. We can not deny the impact of the injury to Michael Redd(who returned saturday against the Cavs); the adjusting to a new system under a new coach, Scott Skiles; and the 3 games Andrew Bogut has missed last week, hopefully he will return tonight against the Bulls). All this is compounded with the rather ruthless schedule thus far like: 4 game weeks all of November, playing 10 of 17 games on the road, and a 4 game road trip that ended with a back-to-back with later being a home game against the LeBrons Cavaliers. Excuses, excuses, excuses... Well the schedule will get a tad bit lighter and at least the Bucks will get to play consecutive games at home.

Mil @ Orl
Man this was a heart breaker. I was impressed with Andrew Bogut taking it to Dwight Howard scoring 16 point in the 1st half of play. I was thinking the rest of the crew would step up for the 2nd half but then Bogut went down as well as the Bucks chances for winning this game. Howard went on to pour on 20 second-half points, took over the boards and controled the paint for the duration of the game. Howard played free safety on Ramon Sessions and got to him every time he drove the paint in the second half - thus, 7 points on 3-14 shooting, but seesions did contribute 8 assist, 6 rebounds and 2 steals to circumvent his lack of scoring. We can through in that we already had not Luke Ridnour and no Michael Redd for the game too.

So we lost

Final 108-101

Mil @ ATL
Another possible win. Another attribute to the value of a 7-footer playing solid defense and rebounding the ball. No way does Al Horford go for 21 points,  9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals, if Bogut plays; But the the Hawks took advantage and fed the ball to the post heavily. Joe Johnson ran decoy all game atempting only 12 shots but dishing out 9 assist by handling the ball and drawing double teams. Mike Bibby hung around the 3 point line all game and when his defender went to help he knocked the shots down - 18 points, hitting four 3 pointers. Marvin WIlliams did the same except he was in the paint and was able to get to the free throw line 10 times and only miss once. Ronald "Flip" Murray ran around, like a chicken withhis head cut off, and put in 16 points.

Despite all that the Bucks still kept it close. Richard Jefferson dropped 25 points - but when you take 20 shots and get to the line 10 times thats kind of expected. Ramon Sessions also was a big contributor, while playing heavy minutes for a limited Ridnour, he dropped 21 points. Charlie Villanueva 19 points were well appreciated.  What was not was his poor defense; I swear everytime Chuck took the bait on those double teams, which puzzles me because its not like he's going to block a shot. Dan Gadzuric earned some of the $6 mil that he's getting this year, and started for thte injured Bogut.

So the Bucks hung in there but did not have the muster to steal this on either...

Final 102-96

Mil @ Det
What a penalty for Allen Iverson not start against the Bucks for missing practice....

"We talkin' about Practice... Practice!, Not a game, not a game... Not a game, but PRAC-TICE"

Anyway, it wasn't like the Pistons were going to need him much. The Bucks are Andrew Bogut-less, Michael Redd-less, and starting a gimpy Luke Ridnour. So, this game was wachable, though, because Iverson did play; Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince played too; Richard Jefferson shot the ball a lot, got a great dunk, and Sessions drove the lane and made some sweet layups.

AND

DAN GADZURIC earned some of that $6mil he's getting this year and dropped 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, swatted 3 shots and was a perfect 4-4 from the freethow line in his 32 minutes of play!

too bad the Bucks lost

Final 107-97

Mil vs Cle
Coach Skiles choose the following starting lineup...

C - Gadzuric
PF - Villanueva
SF - RJ
SG - Sessions
PG - Ridnour

Charlie Bell and Andrew Bogut wer both out with injuries and Michael Redd made his return from his ankle injury. I can Imagine that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did not start because Skile figured Redd would provide enough scoring from the bench. Thing is, Ben Wallace is going too punk Chuck V at the 4 spot (which he did) and it may have been better to bring in Chuck V against Anderson Varejao to draw some fouls and get to the line (Big Ben has never been foul prone).

The Bucks got Killed on the boards getting out rebounded 53-38. Zydrunas Ilgauskas dropped 23 points and grabbed SEVENTEEN ! (17) rebounds - another testiment to the void of having no Bogut leaves. I mean, Bogut is 6th in the league in rebounding with 10.9 per game. The Bucks never led at any point in this game. At Half time the Bucks were down by ten. Then at the end of the 3rd the got within 5 points. In the 4th they pulled within 2 point twice but anyway they lost.

Fan Story
The real sad thing about this HOME game is that they showed LeBron clips at the Bradley Center before the game started. Then when the Bucks were making a move in the forth quarter there was No cheering, No Rallying, No Chanting. IT WAS PATHETIC. It was nothing like the comeback game against the Wizards earlier this season. For that matter, its not even like what I remember from all the many many many times I went there from elementry to high school; From Terry Cummings and Alvin Robertson; to Todd Day and Eric Murdock; to Glen Robertson and Ray Allen (after that I moved from Milwaukee). I remember being there at the 2000 playoff when Reggie Miller broke out hearts and we lost game 5 at home (back when the 1st rd was only 5 game series); And next year, at game 6 of the ECF, when we pushed Allen Iverson and the 6ers to game 7.

Anyway, those teams equally sucked but we always cheered them on.

LOOKING FORWARD
Tonite we face the Bulls at Home and we need some "get back". They were able to pull one on us during te season opener but not this time. Plus they played last night and the Bucks had 3 days off - they should be able to run them out the Bradley center.The only other game this week is against the Bobcats Friday. The Bucks need these 2 badly becasue Sunday they start a 3 game West Coast Road Trip Starting with the Lakers, then the Suns  and Finihsing up with the Warriors.

Being optimistic the Bucks can use the momentum from the Bulls and Bobcats to possible steal 1 from the Lakers. If we have All our starters for this week we should get at least a 3 game winning streak going

 

Snap and Roll I'm outta control!!!!

Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:50 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2008 11:03 am
 

Milwaukee Bucks: Week 2 (2-2)

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

Final 94-86

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

Final 112-104

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.

Final 101-89

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

Final 104-96

Posted on: November 6, 2008 2:05 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2008 2:08 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks battle back against the Wizards

I must say I was impressed by the resilience the Bucks displayed wednesday night. I also must say that this game should have not been as close as it was, and I point the finger on that to Coach Skiles. Yes, I am overly critical of Coach Skiles because I really dont like him. Anyway, his mistake was at the start of the 2nd quater. After the Buck played a great 1st quarter that ended with a 30-17 lead, Skiles decided to start the 2nd quarter with this lineup...

C - Dan Gadzuric/ Fransico Elson
F - Malik Allen
F - Luc Mbah a Moute
F - Richard Jefferon
G - Ramon Sessions

What is to be expected of this group? Dont blow the lead? Well they did

In the first four minutes, Washington made a run (10 to 2 can-o-whoo-pass) on this lineup, taking the 13 point lead down to 5 pts. That set the tone for Washing to end the half on a 13 to ZERO run and take a 45-39, 6 point, lead in to half time.

So after half time, Skiles realized that a 3 forward lineup was not the way to go. Half way into the 3rd quarter he decided to try a 2 PG lineup, which was masterful...

C - Andrew Bogut/Dan Gadzuric
F - Luc Mbah a Moute
F - Richard Jefferson
G - Ramon Sessions
G - Luke Ridnour

For the remainder of the 3rd quart this lineup kept the Bucks in reach for the comeback. They never got within 9-10 point of the Wizards but they did keep the lead from strecthing past 15 points, which what the Wizards open the 3rd quarter with.

At the beginning of the 4th quarter the Bucks started out looking like the would not have enough in the tank to make a come back. For the first 7-8 minutes the would get the lead under 10 only to have it pushed back to 11-12 points. I was starting to think that this would end up just like the losses to the Bulls and the Raptors

Then, Luc Mbah a Moute scored 7 points, with Richard Jefferson and Andrew Bogut contributing 2 points each,  which capped a 10-2 run and they got within 4 points with the score at 90-86. The Wizards push their lead back up to seven Like a flash the Bucks go on a 10-1 scoring run and take the lead at 98-96. Antawn Jamison gets an acrobatic shot to fall to tie the game and the Buck have the ball with 21 seconds left. Skiles designed a great play...

  • RJ inbounds the ball to Luke Ridnour. Ridnour dribbles the ball to opposite side ine drawing a double team, and RJ comes to the top of the key drawing a defender. Ridnour skip passes all the way to the opposite corner baseline to a wide open Luc Mbah a Moute... WHAT... Luc Mbah a Moute?!?!? He pump fakes, take a dribble step around the insuing defender and has an open 17ft shot.... AND...

We're going to overtime...

The Overtime was all Bucks. They took the fight out of the Wizard when Ridnour stole a pass from DeShawn Stevenson, took off and pass to a cutting Ramon Sessions, who tossed it back to a Streaking Richard Jefferson, and he finished with an emphatic slam and Yelled,

"C'MON LETS GO!!!!!!!!!"

That was RJ 32nd point and you knew the Bucks were not going to let the game slip away...

FINAL 112-104 GO BUCKS GO

Welcome to the Bucks RJ

Posted on: November 4, 2008 6:44 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2008 10:28 am
 

Milwaukee Buck: Week 1 (1-2)

The NBA season finally kicked off and anticipation are high for Milwaukee Bucks fans. We seen some moves made this offseason with a new coach, Scott Skiles, the arrival of another star player, Richard Jefferson, and the exit of Mo Williams and Yi Jianlian. Nonetheless, the Bucks are looking solid with Andrew Bogut showing strides and Charlie Villanueva having something to prove (was chosen over Yi).

Off the bat, I have a major concern with Coach Skiles already. Last year we seen young Ramon Session display flashes of greatness and for some reason he is being benched for Luke Ridnour (who averaged 6.4 pts, 4 ast and only started 5 games last season) and Tyronn Lue (not any better averaging 5.3 pts, 1.4 ast and only 3 starts last season). Last year, we were wondering what the Bucks were going to do the young fella but we didnt thing that the talent should be benched.

Right now I just want to say Sen. Kohl, if Skiles gets too authorian get rid of his (explative), Avery Johnson still needs a job.

Mil @ Chi -
The Bucks got a great showing from Michael Redd(30 pts, hit 4 tre's) but the rest of the team lookin like it was still preseason. Richard Jefferson was sluggish, only had 15pts, didn't get to the charity stripe and shot 25%(lol, c'mon R-Jizzle). Bogut was solid but he has to play more that 25 minutes, thats barely half a game - if he can get 9 pts(on 4 of 4 shooting), 7 reb(3 off. reb), 1 stl and 1 blk in those few minutes - imagine what he can get in 34-36 minutes. I guess I did omit that he got in foul trouble but the Bulls do not have any post players for him to be getting in foul trouble over. Andrew we need to see Mr. Bogut, NOT MR BOGUS!

No Ramon Sessions, I'm highly disappointed; But there was a Dan Gadzuric sighting, 6 points on 3 of 3 shooting, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes - earning millions must be hard work, huh Dan?

Oh yeah we lost 108-95

Mil @ Okc -
Party TIme!, The Bucks played the Thunder and whooped that aahskmenomorequestions. Sorry Thunder fans but y'all still have a ways to go. Redd, RJ and Chuck V each dropped a dub(20pts). Charlie Villanueve also grabbed 12 board which got him a double-double (shh, he fouled out too). Bogut stepped up too with 14 points and 7 boards. Good thing the they did play the Thunder because Chuck V and Bogut combined for 11 turnovers, that aint gonna fly against half decent team and we only play them 1 more time this year.

Still no Ramon Session. Coach Skiles theres no strick dress code in the Mil Ok let the young guy play!

WE WON WE SHOT THE BEE-BEE GUN... 98-87

Mil vs Tor-
FINALLY, and a back injury later, Ramon Sessions got to start. The Buck played great too, almost all the starters were in double figures scoring. Michael Redd led, of course, with 19 pts, Chuck V had 16 (hit 2 tre's), Mr. Bogut had 14, Sessions has 12 but Richard "laid an egg" Jefferson scored 9 pts on 3-13 shooting. Thats 23%, I didnt think Jamario Moons defense got that much better.

So the Bucks lost because they tried to have a 3 point contest with the best 3 point shooting team in the league, Redd was 1 of 6 for deep.  This game basically showed that the Bucks have more work to do. This game was very winnable(is that a word) but RJ got outscored by Moon (OMG RJ, Milwaukee is no Jersey/ NY but its not that bad!). All Toronto starters had double figures. Session got out balled by Jose Calderon but it was his 1st game, he still had splinters in his butt.

Final 91-87

After this first week, the Bucks should have been 3-0. The problem in their 2 losses were that they faded at the end of these games. It looks like their conditioning is lacking.

 
 
 
 
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