Tag:Washington DC
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...


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