Bucks Sundays 1/8/12
Bucks Sundays – 1/8/12
What is good about returning from an 0-5 road trip? Nothing at all. The Milwaukee Bucks traveled to face 5 Western Conference teams in 7 days and lost all 5 games. Andrew Bogut left early on the trip to tend to a family matter, and missed the final 4 games.
So where is our “good?” We can pretend that Bogut returning to the team should give a needed boost. He is set to start when they return home Tuesday. Drew Gooden put up a decent effort in Bogut’s absence, and will hopefully provide a valuable backup option. Yet that will only carry along so far, and Bogut needs to stay healthy for them to have any chance of closing out games. Without him, Milwaukee’s interior struggles to matchup with more physical teams, and it showed during the losing streak.
Milwaukee had it’s best showing against Sacramento, but otherwise got out-muscled and outpaced the entire trip. Their opponents shot 46% compared to the Bucks’ 40%, and a lot of effort from some bench players were wasted as Milwaukee could never maintain any sort of lead. The worst of it all came in that Sacramento game, in which….
…the Bucks blew a 21 point halftime lead, and couldn’t hold onto the victory despite still being up 10 in the final 5 minutes of the game. A deflated Bucks teams couldn’t turn that disappointment into motivation, and now return home with a bit of desperation in their corner. 2-6 isn’t exactly where they had hoped to be at this point.
Stat of the Weekend
Jon Leuer and Shaun Livingston lead the team this week in team net points while they were on the court. Leuer was an average of +11.3 and Livington had +11. Both players have merited plenty of playing time off the bench.
On the other side of the spectrum, the Bucks scored a net -17.7 points when Ersan Ilyasova was on the court. Carlos Delfino (-17.3), Brandon Jennings (-14.7), and Stephen Jackson (-14.0) were some of the biggest offenders.
@ Sacramento, Lost 103-100
@ Los Angeles Clipplers, Lost 96-86
@ Phoenix, Lost 109-93
Tuesday Jan 10th, vs. San Antonio