Greg Monroe scored 12 points (5-13 FG, 2-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and an assist in 33 minutes on Thursday in a win against the Wizards.
Monroe came off the bench on Thursday for the second game in a row but didn't see as much success as his last game against the Celtics, where he had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Granted, a lot of centers have been hammering the Celtics down low, but Monroe was just mediocre tonight. The real disappointment is Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, as he really can't seem to make up his mind each night with the rotation. Hopefully over the All-Star break, Kidd attends one of those spiritual enlightenment courses and realizes that Monroe should be his starting center.
Coach Jason Kidd told reporters that he intends to keep the same starting lineup he employed Tuesday against the Celtics that included Miles Plumlee starting in place of Monroe at center and O.J Mayo replacing Michael Carter-Williams at point guard. Both Monroe and Carter-Williams still played starter-level minutes, with Monroe responding to his new role by posting a season-high 29 points to go with 12 rebounds. Monroe may be a bench player in name Thursday, but he figures to see his usual allotment of court time.
Greg Monroe scored 29 points (13-21 FG, 3-6 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal over 30 minutes in a 112-111 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday.
So much for Monroe's value decreasing in a reserve role. Coming off the bench for the first time this season, the former Hoya posted a season-high offensive total in an impressive double-double. Monroe, whose clutch hook shot gave the Milwaukee Bucks a two-point advantage with only one second left in regulation, has now scored at least 20 points in seven of his last nine games. Look for Monroe to reclaim his starting role on Thursday against the Wizards.
Greg Monroe will come off the bench Tuesday against the Celtics, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
Coach Jason Kidd is electing to start Miles Plumlee over Monroe, which hardly seems like a lineup that will last beyond the All-Star break. Nevertheless, Monroe's value will seemingly take a hit in the short term with limited opportunity to reach his season average of 30 minutes per game.
Monroe has scored between 21 and 24 points in each of the last six games. He has 26 double-doubles on the season, 11 of which have come since the start of January. Monroe is right on the fringe of averaging a double-double (16.6 points, 9.7 boards) in his debut season with the Bucks.
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