Tag:Milwaukee Bucks
Posted on: December 22, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Video: Lakers' Kobe Bryant ejected against Bucks

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was ejected during the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Posted by Ben Golliver

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant let his frustration boil over during the final minutes of a disappointing and surprising 98-79 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.  After Milwaukee's microscopic point guard, Earl Boykins, hit a three-pointer to put the Bucks up 92-77 with a little more than two minutes to play, Bryant pushed the ball in transition, hoping to get a quick hoop. Bryant drove to the basket from the right side, but lost the ball on the way up and ran over Bucks center Andrew Bogut. Bogut appeared to be straddling the protected circle line, however the baseline official immediately whistled for a charging foul on Bryant.  Bryant responded by stomping over Bogut without touching him, and turning to the official to exchange some words as he walked back down the court. Whatever Bryant said was clearly not fit to print, because he was immediately whistled for a technical foul.  As Bryant continued to walk down the court, clearly heated, he turned to another official, standing near halfcourt, and appeared to shout a very popular obscenity while gesturing. Bryant was assessed a second technical in short order and continued to walk directly off the court and into the Lakers' locker room. Here's video of the incident. The loss drops the Lakers to 21-8 on the season, still good for first place in the Pacific Division. With the win, the Bucks improve to 11-16, and remain in third place in the Central Division.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Bucks' Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss a month or more with a fractured left foot. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-jennings

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has upped his production pretty much across the board in his second NBA season, a nice follow-up to a rookie year that found him in contention for the 2010 Rookie of the Year. And unlike his fellow Rookie of the Year candidates, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he hadn't missed any time due to injuries, starting in all 25 of Milwaukee's games to date. That run comes to an end Monday, as Journal-Times.com reports on Twitter that Jennings is expected to miss "at least four weeks" with a foot injury after undergoing an MRI and will not be active for Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.  The Bucks later issued a press release that calls the injury a "fractured left foot - fifth metatarsal" and puts Jennings' recovery timeline at 4-6 weeks after a surgery that will will be performed Monday afternoon. It wasn't clear this past weekend exactly what was troubling Jennings. He told the Journal Sentinel he felt pain throughout his left leg and that it was limiting his mobility.
Jennings said he was expecting to have tests on his left foot, which he injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half against San Antonio on Wednesday night.
But he returned for the second half against the Spurs and played 30 minutes Saturday. Jennings has started in every game since the Bucks selected him with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, a total of 107 consecutive regular-season games and seven playoff games. "At first it was my knee and it went down to my ankle, but right now I don't know what the real problem is, so I'm not going to talk about it too much," Jennings said. "I wanted to give it a go just to see what it felt like. "But not a lot of really good lateral movement for me. I couldn't really come off the screens and do what I want to do because of the foot."
Jennings is currently leading the Bucks in scoring at 17.9 points per game and has averaged 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals so far this season. Even though he's taking more shots this year, he's improved his overall field goal percentage from 37.1% to 39.1%, nothing to write home about, but it is progress. Despite his scoring numbers, he's known around the league as a flashy playmaker, and his ability to spread the ball around has ensured that teammates John Salmons, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette are all averaging in double figures this season. The Bucks were already off to a disappointing start at 10-15, good third place in the Central Division, and the loss of their top scorer and main playmaker only makes things worse. Milwaukee will be forced to get by with backups Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins, a pretty unappetizing pair. Dooling, as unimpressive as it gets, and Boykins, as undersized as it gets, could make for an ugly December and January for Bucks fans.  That all three 2010 Rookie of the Year finalists have now been burdened with injuries so early this season is an unfortunate coincidence. Evans has battled plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss time last week, while Curry, who has rolled his ankle more times than anyone can count, is hoping for a Christmas return after his latest injury. Is this what they mean by sophomore slump?
Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2010 6:28 pm
 

3-Up, 3-Down: The top keeps rising

Posted by Royce Young



Three teams that are rising and three that are falling in this week's edition of our Power Rankings:

3-UP

Chicago Bulls (6): The Bulls are quickly becoming a strong riser in the East. They made the biggest jump going up five spots in the rankings. They're winning with a ton of defense and with Carlos Boozer back, are a cool 6-1 and winners of six straight. Now with Boozer playing at a high level, coupled with Derrick Rose's MVP emergence and the fact Luol Deng is a capable third scorer, the Bulls have every right to stake a claim as one of the East's true contenders.

Oklahoma City Thunder (10): Floundering a bit here and there, they have. While the Thunder just rose up two spots this week, they are definitely in the category of rising. Oklahoma City is playing better and have three more home games after blowing the doors off the Cavaliers Sunday by 29 (largest win ever by the Thunder in OKC). Expectations were a bit inflated before the season so some were a little discouraged with OKC's up and down start, but the Thunder appear to be settling in. Kevin Durant is regaining his scoring machine swagger, Russell Westbrook is tearing apart opponents and even James Harden is finding some offensive game.

Milwaukee Bucks (16): The Bucks were a big riser, going up five spots this week. A lot of that is because of their big road win over the streaking Mavericks, but the Bucks are winners of three straight and of four of five overall. Plus, the wins are against quality opponents (Magic, Pacers, Rockets, Mavs). At 10-13, Milwaukee has been disappointing after its playoff run last season, but it appears that the Bucks might be finding themselves a bit lately.

3-DOWN

Phoenix Suns (19): The Suns have slipped five spots and could be heading for an even bigger dip as the schedule doesn't get easy ahead. After a winnable game against Minnesota, the Suns play at Dallas, at Oklahoma City, at San Antonio and home against the Heat. Yikes. They've lost three straight and have fallen below .500 at 11-12. After next week, Phoenix could be multiple games under.

New Orleans Hornets (14): The fall continues. The Hornets are 3-7 in their last 10 and have dropped three straight. And this is after starting the season 8-0 and then 11-1. Consider this fun fact: The Hornets haven't scored 100 points in their last 13 games. Offense is a big issue late in games with Chris Paul desperately looking for scoring options. Trevor Ariza hasn't been the answer and coach Monty Williams continues to sit potential spark Marcus Thornton.

Denver Nuggets (12): This feels like a temporary fall, as the Nuggs have dropped three of four, but all were on the road against decently decent teams. They're quite inconsistent though, so Denver is certainly a candidate to drop multiple games. But at the same time, the Nuggets also look like one of the top teams in the West on any given night, so who knows, they could be headed up. But Chauncey Billups is now battling a wrist injury and with the Carmelo stuff reaching its apex, the distractions could weigh heavily on the Nuggets.

Be sure to check the full rankings out here.

Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:31 am
 

The Game Changer: Chicago keeps clamping down

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: I DARE YOU TO SCORE ON THE Bulls

Let's go over a few stats from the Pacers-Bulls game. Indiana's field goal percentage: 35.7. Indiana's turnovers: 15. Indiana's points by quarter: 18, 23, 17, 15. Indiana's total points: 73.

The lesson here we're learning is, it's not easy to score on the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls have won six straight and during that stretch are only allowing 88.0 points per game, and that's including an overtime win over the Rockets where Chicago gave up 116. In the last five wins, the Bulls are just allowing 82.4 points a game. Consider this: In games that ended in regulation, the Bulls have only allowed 100 points four times in their 23 games. And people didn't think Tom Thibodeau could transform the Bulls.

What makes the Bulls so incredible on the defensive end is their ability to help defend everywhere. Nothing ever goes uncontested. If the other team is taking a shot, you can count on a hand being in their face. The Bulls rotate as well as anyone, stuff the lane and force opponents to try and beat them with jumpshots. It's the classic Boston Celtic defense that Thibodeau became known for. And it's making the Bulls one of the premier teams in the East.

Since Carlos Boozer has joined the team after his injury, the Bulls are 6-1 with the one loss being to the Celtics in Boozers first game. Chicago is placing itself in the elite tier in the East and priming itself as a contender to the Magic, Heat and Celtics.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Zach Randolph gets the gold star as he Grizzly big man went for 25 points and 20 rebounds in a winning effort over the Blazers.

Dwyane Wade
gets a mention with 32 points on only 13 shots. Plus he added five rebounds just for fun.

Carlos Boozer continues to come around as he had 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Bulls in their domination of the Pacers.

Deron Williams and the Jazz cruised past the Warriors as Williams had 30 points on 8-16 shooting and 10 assists.

HEAT EAT UP THE Hornets

The Heat made it nine straight with a cruising 96-84 over the Hornets Monday night. And once again, Miami impressed. New Orleans was just overwhelmed by the Heat. Miami went on an 18-2 run late and completely took over the game. It just didn't seem like the Hornets could do anything to fix the Heat's run. Once Miami flipped the switch, it just felt like the game was over.

Here's what's most impressive about the Heat's winning streak. Every single game has come by double-digits. The last team to do that? LeBron's 2008-09 Cavs. In fact, the Heat are now just one off the record shared by five teams.

On top of that, all nine the Heat have held their opponent under 100 points. Against the Hornets, Miami gave up just 30 after the half and only nine points in the fourth quarter. Nine points for the Hornets in the last 12 minutes. That's just... insane.

Not to take anything away from the Heat's dominance, but what the crap is wrong with the Hornets and Chris Paul ? CP3 has completely disappeared down the stretch in games. He's not asserting himself into the offense and is completely drifting. As Paul goes, so does David West , Emeka Okafor and everyone else. Paul is fizzling late and it's killing the Hornets.

For more analysis on the Heat and Hornets, click here.

LEBRON GOES OVER THE BACKBOARD

No, he didn't jump over it. That hasn't happened, yet. But with the shot clock bearing down on him, LeBron got creative as he was forced deep on the baseline. He had a horrible angle on the rim, so naturally, LeBron improvised and shot the ball over the backboard. And of course, it went in.


THE Bucks STOPS HERE

The Mavericks winning streak is over at 12. Matt Moore with some thoughts:
Milwaukee badly needed the win, their third in a row, and needed to get their offense going. With both Jennings and Andrew Bogut scoring 20-plus and the Bucks dropping in a 114 efficiency mark, it's at least a step forward for the worst offense in the NBA. The loss will also do nothing to dispel the notion that Dallas still lacks the defensive acumen to compete in the playoffs. In truth, Dallas had the fifth best defense in the NBA coming into tonight. Just one of those nights, across the board, and an end to the win streak. During the streak, Dallas outscored its opponents by an average of just under nine points per game.

WHAT David Lee'S MANGLED ELBOW LOOKS LIKE

You've probably heard all about how serious David Lee's elbow injury was. And if you're like me, when you heard, "He could've lost his arm!" you thought, "I'm sure it was bad, but really? Because of a tooth?" But when you see what it actually looks like, it might make you think otherwise. Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group took a picture of it. Yeah, I'd say David Lee had a pretty significant injury.



Lee injured the elbow when Wilson Chandler's face basically assaulted his elbow. Chander ended up breaking off a tooth in the collison and Lee had to have surgery because of an infection that followed. Lee's been wearing a pad to cover the, uh, cut, but obviously it's not a comfortable thing to play through.

PARTING THOUGHT

The Grizzlies have quietly won three straight to get back to within striking distance of .500. The wins aren't the most impressive (Clippers, Suns, Blazers), but Memphis is at least playing better. The defensive domination over the Blazers Monday night is something for the Grizz to feel good about and with two more winnable games before heading to San Antonio, Memphis could stretch this out a little further.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:15 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 11:25 pm
 

Dallas win streak Buck-shot at 12

Bucks take down Mavericks to end their win streak.  Posted by Matt Moore

There will be no joy in Dirkville, mighty Nowitzki has bricked out. 

The Mavericks lost for the first time in 13 games, this time to the Bucks as they failed to capitalize on a game the Bucks just about handed them. This after the Bucks ripped it away from Dallas to begin with. Dallas led by nine at the half, before the Bucks took the lead, up nine with three minutes to go. But a furious run by the Mavericks featuring a brilliant one-touch pass from Dirk in transition to Jason Terry for a corner three cut the lead down to two. 

Brandon Jennings rushed a step-back two with eleven seconds left on the shot clock which gave Dallas a chance. But Nowitzki couldn't convert in a rare clutch miss for the early-season MVP candidate , and the Bucks hung on 103-99

Boston now has the longest winning streak in the league at 10 wins in a row. 

Milwaukee badly needed the win, their third in a row, and needed to get their offense going. With both Jennings and Andrew Bogut scoring 20-plus and the Bucks dropping in a 114 efficiency mark, it's at least a step forward for the worst offense in the NBA. The loss will also do nothing to dispel the notion that Dallas still lacks the defensive acumen to compete in the playoffs. In truth, Dallas had the fifth best defense in the NBA coming into tonight. Just one of those nights, across the board, and an end to the win streak. During the streak, Dallas outscored its opponents by an average of just under nine points per game.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:02 am
 

Shootaround 12.3.10: LeBron did something

Posted by Royce Young
  • John Krolik of Cavs The Blog: "These were the Heat we all feared. When the Heat play like this, no team can beat them, especially if they have the kind of limited talent the Cavs do. This was also the first night the Heat really played like this, and they still have to prove themselves with another win over a plus – .500 team. This was the night Miami said “enough with the excuses, we are too good to do anything other than embarrass teams like this,” and that started with LeBron."
  • Israel Gutierrez of The Miami Herald: "The Heat played with a purpose. A playoff-like purpose. This historic return home for one of the NBA's greatest might have become his biggest victory to date. He came out of this not only with the reassurance that he made the right choice, but he left more confident about it than ever. He came out of it knowing that Wade isn't a player with whom he's competing for touches, but possibly the best teammate he could have in moments like this. He came out of it knowing that, just days after he reportedly turned on his head coach, the Heat would still come together to support him. ... Now LeBron can move on."
  • Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer: "Northeast Ohio can be proud of its fans, but the Cavs were horrible. After jumping to a 17-12 lead, they were overwhelmed by James and the Heat. By the end of the first quarter, they were behind, 31-23. At the half, it was 59-40. It just kept getting worse. As the Cavs crumbled, the Heat united around James, who had an MVP-type game with 38 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Who knows if Miami (12-8) uses this game -- its third victory in a row -- to help turn its season around? Frankly, who in Northeast Ohio cares? The Cavaliers were chastised by coach Byron Scott for a lazy approach. During the game as he was pouring in the points, James walked over to the bench a few times and chatted with some of his former teammates. The Cavaliers should be embarrassed by their lack of effort. But not the fans. They were at their best when so many people expected the worst."
Posted on: December 2, 2010 10:19 am
Edited on: December 2, 2010 11:28 am
 

Shootaround 12.2.10: Judgment Day

Rondo has a nickname, Sanders has a bunch of blocks, and oh, yeah, some guy comes back to Ohio today, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore
  • At CavsBlog, John Krolik welcomes back the Chosen One to the city he abandoned: "Welcome back to the Q. Last time you were here, you went 3-14 in a 32-point loss. Maybe the booing will motivate you to do better this time. I am fairly confident that you will not always be hated the way you are now. You will probably be loved someday. But you will never be loved with the kind of passion that Cleveland hates you with now. I am fairly confident of this. You may as well embrace that, because it’s far too late to try and change it."
  • A different take which I was curious if it would exist today: Terry Pluto for Cleveland.com feels more sadness than anger at the return of LeBron:"But one night on ESPN changed all that. It's not tragic. It's not the end of Northeast Ohio. It's not something that dramatically impacts the lives of most people here. It's just sad . . . and James should have known better."
  • Fear The Swords is swelling with pride for a place so often draped in disappointment and failure as a day of judgment for their city arrives. 
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Stephen Jackson suspended after arguing ejection

Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson has been suspended by the NBA for one game after arguing his ejection from a Saturday game against the stephen-jacksonMilwaukee Bucks. Posted by Ben Golliver Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson was ejected just five minutes into the first quarter of Charlotte's 104-101 loss on Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson thought he was fouled on a drive to the hoop and, when no whistle was forthcoming, he began berating one of the officials on his way back down the court. In a blink of an eye, Jackson was teed up and tossed, much to the surprise of Jackson and Bobcats coach Larry Brown.  You can watch video of the exchange right here. Jackson went on to protest the quick hook, obviously, but to no avail.  The NBA announced Tuesday that Jackson has been assessed a one-game suspension without pay for "verbal abuse of a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner" for arguing the decision after he was ejected.  The Bobcats, who are 6-11 on the season, travel to New Orleans to face the Hornets on Wednesday. Jackson will serve his suspension then. Jackson is averaging a team-leading 18.1 points as well as 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 17 games so far this season. Wednesday's game will be the first that Jackson has missed during the 2010-2011 season.
 
 
 
 
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