Tag:Milwaukee Bucks
Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:09 pm

Andrew Bogut out one week with rib injury

Andrew Bogut out one week with chest injury.
Posted by Matt Moore

OK, good news, bad news. Bad news, Andrew Bogut's injured. Good news, it's not a horribly grotesque injury like the last time out. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Bogut has a strained muscle in his rib-cage area and will miss a week's worth of time. 

For the Bucks, this couldn't come at a worse time.  In a season where they were supposed to build upon last season's success, the Bucks have struggled significantly.  Brandon Jennings hasn't progressed, the offense they brought in has sputtered, the defense has regressed slightly, and they're four games back of the 8th spot in the East. So now really isn't the time to be missing players, but Tuesday night they'll be without Bogut, Ersan Ilyasova, and Drew Gooden.  

Basically, Scott Skiles will be running small-ball like mad against Detroit. The Bucks face Phoenix and Boston within a week's time, which means a toss-up game and a likely loss. But without Bogut those both become at best probably losses if not locks. Bogut's their best player, even as he's admitted he's not close to 100 percent this season after that elbow injury. 

It remains curious that Milwaukee did nothing with their expiring contracts, most notably Michael Redd, at the deadline. It's strange they didn't attempt a major shakeup with the veteran scorers they had on the market. It seemed to be a trend with Midwestern small-market teams hoarding cap space, as Indiana pushed the same policy at the deadline. Bogut needs to get back from injury for them to make a late push for the playoffs, but at the same time, Bogut's importance goes far beyond this season. Especially since it may be a lost cause regardless. 
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 6:45 pm

Carmelo Anthony in uniform for Knicks Wednesday

It's official: Carmelo Anthony will take the court and make his debut for the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The New York Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and they do so with a lot of new faces, including All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

After completing all the necessary paperwork, signing his contract extension, getting league approval and having all of the involved players pass their physicals, Anthony, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Corey Brewer and Anthony Carter, will join their new Knicks teammates on Wednesday.

It will be the Big Apple's first look at Anthony, who will don No. 7. His familiar No. 15 - the only number he wore with the Nuggets - has already been retired by the Knicks franchise in honor of Earl Monroe.

CBSSports.com shot the following video from Carmelo Anthony's introductory press conference in New York.

Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:40 pm

On stopping Blake Griffin

Posted by Matt Moore

For a while there you were starting to wonder if anything could stop Blake Griffin. And I'm not just talking NBA players. Brick walls, atomic weapons, the name of Love, we were running out of ideas as to how to slow down the superfreak. But as the Clippers continue their slide back into Clipperdom, nights like Monday night show us if you've got the right defender, you don't have to be eaten alive by the monster that is Blake Griffin.

Griffin shot just 7 of 19 Monday night in a loss to the Bucks. He finished with respectable 19 and 12, but if you force that kind of inefficiency, you'll take it every time. The biggest reason Griffin was held in check? According to Bucks blog Bucksketball, it was Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

Specifically, Mbah a Moute was able to thwart that famous Griffin spin move on a couple of occasions, poking it away before Griffin could get past him and to the hoop for one of his highlight reel jams that have so often come off spins.
 “He got me a couple times too,” Mbah a Moute said.  “Once he got me, I kind of knew what to do.  He does it so well, that it’s hard.  I kind of do a good job of reading where he’s going, knowing his moves, stuff like that.” 
Anticipation and instincts were the words of the night when Mbah a Moute’s defense was a topic.  All of the athleticism and studying in the world can make a player a good defender, but sometimes it’s the things we can’t measure that put a player over the edge and turn him into a great defender.  Coach Skiles certainly seems to think that’s the difference for Mbah a Moute. 
via Mbah a Moute on Griffin, work ethic and instincts |.

Here's an example of what Mbah a Moute's talking about, with a little help from a double team. 

You'll see here Mbah a Moute guarding Griffin in the post, with help coming from Salmons. That allows Mbah a Moute to over-play to Blake's left, hampering his ability to get that devastating spin-move on him. In fact, that spin move is Griffin's only option at this point, unless he wants to try and pivot through, then dribble, which is risky, especially with the help defender available.  The result?

When Griffin pivots Mbah a Moute isn't lagging behind trying to react, he's already anticipated the move and in fact you can see him leaning forward to swipe at the ball in case Griffin tries to dribble baseline past him for the reverse dunk. The result? 

A contested leaning hook shot that clangs off front rim. Look at where Griffin's at when he releases this. He wanted to be much deeper, had in fact originally posted much deeper and had to rest the post because of Salmon's double. Knowing where you're at on the floor, and how to anticipate Griffin's moves is the best way to slowing him down. 

Now, when Griffin learns to use that crossover of his to create space out of the post effectively for a spot up? Danger, Will Robinson. Danger. Until then, savvy defenders like Mbah a Moute can have their impact on him, provided he's not going all, you know, Blake-Griffin-y. 
Posted on: February 11, 2011 9:05 am

Shootaround 2.11.11: Sticking points

The King wants a bad game on TV, Derrick Rose has gotten better around the rim, and Jerry Sloan was around for a while. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Just how many coaches did Jerry Sloan out-last during his tenure? SBNation takes a graphic look

The collected history of the 3-point shot. 

Tyson Chandler thinks he got snubbed for the All-Star Game. Join the club. 

Rose has not only become an MVP candidate this season, he's improved at drawing contact within the context of the season. It was a major weakness that I too have noticed he's improved on. He's no longer avoiding contact or leaning away at the point of attack.

The Bucks spent all that money over the summer and have so very little to show for it. 

LeBron James wants the Cavs-Wizards game televised

MJ's still got it

Landry Fields tries his hand at selling his own jersey.

The life and times of dealing with Gregg Popovich as a beat writer.  

Marcus Camby might be back soon. Maybe. Probably. Perhaps. 
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 11:13 pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's cancer-free

NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reports that he is cancer-free. Posted by Ben Golliver. kareem-abdul-jabbar

On an ugly night filled with word of child support papers being served during halftime of a game and a record-setting losing streak comes some excellent news: NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says that he is cancer-free.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that Abdul-Jabbar made the announcement on his Twitter account.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has been treated for chronic myeloid leukemia for more than a year, tweeted Friday, "I am 100 percent cancer-free!!"
Abdul-Jabbar also wrote that his "last blood test looked great" and that he was "feeling great."

Back in Nov. 2009, Abdul-Jabbar revealed to ABC News that he had been diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said today he had been living with leukemia for nearly a year but no longer considered the disease a death sentence. Abdul-Jabbar, 62, said that he'd been diagnosed in December with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, or PH+CML, a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
"I heard the world 'leukemia,' and I thought this was definitely a death sentence," Abdul-Jabbar said.

But, now, his prognosis is good, he said."If I can do this as I'm told to do it, I can manage this," he said.
Abdul-Jabbar, now 63-years-old, played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers during a career that lasted from 1965 to 1989. He is the NBA's All-Time leader in points, minutes played, field goals, field goal attempts, and All-Star selections. He is also a six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA MVP.
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:02 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 8:04 pm

This Earl Boykins jumpshot will blow your mind

Posted by Royce Young

Once when I was in high school during a game, a guy on my team took a jumper that rolled around the rim a few times and ended up coming to a stop and the back iron. I had never seen that happen before. It was a jump ball, but something that was pretty cool to see.

Earl Boykins had one roll around the rim more than a few times against the Hawks and it did not come to a complete stop (though it looks like it will at one point). However, it didn't look like it might ever stop spinning around the iron either.

The ball makes four complete circles around the tin and just watch how far it goes down before spinning back up. During the super-slow-motion shot, it truly seems like it goes on forever.

I wonder what the ruling would've been if it hadn't ever stopped spinning? I guess that might've meant this was all a dream though right? Maybe Earl Boykins' totem is a basketball? I just blew my own mind.

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 11:31 pm

Bizarre coaching events abound

Strange coaching occurrences in New York, Miami.
Posted by Matt Moore

Two strange pieces of coaching news occurred in the NBA Tuesday night, one in Miami where two techs does not equal an ejection, and one in New York, where the fat lady didn't sing, but it was over anyway apparently.

The Heat came back from a halftime deficit, again, to beat the Bucks 101-89. Scott Skiles was whistled for your run of the mill technical foul for getting all Skiles-like on the sideline in the first half. In the second half, Skiles accidentally made contact with a player on the floor, earning him a second technical. So two techs equals an automatic ejection, right? Except the officials ruled that the second technical was not on account of "unsportsmanlike conduct" which is requisite for an ejection, and therefore Skiles got to stay. Very strange all around. Not as strange as the continuing collapse of the Bucks after such a great 2010 season, but still pretty odd.

Even more bizarre, however, was Gregg Popovich's decision to pull his starters with 3:13 remaining in the 4th down by only 10 to the Knicks. The Spurs' defense was horrific all night to be sure, allowing over 100 points in three-quarters. But the Spurs were still hanging in a very Spurs way, when suddenly, apparently Popovich had seen enough from his team and pulled Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Richard Jefferson. The Spurs' offense featured Chris Quinn, Gary Neal, and Ime Udoka down the stretch. In shocking news, the Knicks hung on over that mighty lineup, 128-115 .

Some speculated that Popovich was merely resting his starters for Wednesday night's game against the Boston Celtics.  But judging from the behavior of Manu and Parker on the sideline, Pop was making a point. I guess at 29-45, Pop felt he could spare a win in order to make a point. Either way, New York managed to hold on against a playoff contender at home.

In other news, Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer to tie, the lion laid down with the lamb, and a bad moon is rising. Run for your lives!
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 2:55 pm

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down 1.4.11

Three teams rising and three teams falling this week as the Lakers take a tumble, the Bulls keep slugging and wait, the Clippers?!

Posted by Matt Moore

In this week's edition of 3-Up, 3-Down, the Bulls go up, the Lakers go down, and most everyone else stays just about the same. The latest edition of the power rankings this edition reflects will be up this afternoon on CBSSports.com so check back soon to vent your rage and/or shake your pom-poms.


Chicago Bulls (6): The Bulls are without Joakim Noah, and yet they've won four in a row, and 8 of their last 10. It's Derrick Rose. It's Carlos Boozer. It's Tom Thibodeau. And the combination thereof. Turns out Thibs is letting Rose set the table, and in doing so, has freed up the Bulls in a way the offense hasn't been let go in years. And about that jumper that Derrick Rose improved upon? Rose is currently the 10th best scorer in the NBA in spot-up situations, shooting 48%. That's league wide, not just among point guards. That's up from 293rd last season. Pretty incredible turnaround. And a huge reason why the Bulls are the #3 seed right now. 

Philadelphia 76ers (16):  There's a belief afoot that Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday play better without Andre Iguodala on the floor. And considering the spurt the Sixers have gone on with Iguodala on the shelf. But they've now lost two in a row without him, so the boost is fading, and Iguodala is in the top six lineups for the Sixers in plus/minus. So you can see why they're torn on when to ship Iguodala out. The Sixers are getting back to their mean, though, which is enough to not be terrible. And Evan Turner showing signs of life is the best news of all. 

Los Angeles Clippers (22): I'm not saying they're a playoff team, far from it. But it's hard to ignore the improvements they make with each game. If they can just get Baron Davis off the floor, they may have something here. Oh, and Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin.


Los Angeles Lakers (10): That's a pretty steep fall, there, Lake Show.  Getting your face caved in by a Grizzlies team on the second night of a back to back will do that. The Lakers will be fine, but a point should be made here. If the Lakers find themselves down by three possessions in the third quarter, what's their best approach? In the minds of many it's to get the offense moving. Get off-ball movement, flows through the triangle, guys off screens. Get the offense moving, and if it results in a Kobe jumper, terrific. He's certainly the guy you want as the tip of the spear. But what you don't want is Bryant going one-on-five in ISO to try and spark the offense. That doesn't spark the offense. It just stagnates it. Until Bryant learns that, they're going to have issues because he doesn't have the physical abilities he used to. 

Milwaukee Bucks (13): There's something seriously wrong with Milwaukee and by all appearances it looks like a matter of trying to fix something that wasn't broken. The Bucks scored 102.0 points per 100 possessions last year, 23rd in the league. They brought in massive amounts of offensive firepower with Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette among others. They're dead last in offensive efficiency, averaging 96.8 points per 100 possessions. That's not a fall, that's a cratering. The Bucks are in big trouble right now. They can't stay above water (in the playoffs in the East, anyway) with that kind of noose around their neck forever. 

Cleveland Cavaliers (30): This is bad as it gets. Right? Right?
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