When the Bucks signed Earl Boykins as a free agent last summer, there wasn't much of a reaction.
After all, Boykins was 34 years old and seemingly had little in his tank. The Bucks signed him to be their third point guard, behind starter Brandon Jennings and primary backup Keyon Dooling.
Boykins is still the third point guard on the Bucks' depth chart, but he hasn't played like a third point guard, especially in the last two months.
Since Jan. 19, the 5-foot-5 Boykins has had four games of 18 or more points. He totaled 23 versus the Grizzlies on Jan. 22 and totaled 18 points against the Cavaliers last Wednesday, hitting all eight of his field-goal attempts in the first half.
Boykins, who was undrafted out of Eastern Michigan, finished last season with the lowly Wizards and signed with the Bucks because he wanted to be on a playoff-caliber team.
"This season hasn't gone the way we wanted, but we're in a positions where we still can accomplish our goal. And that's playing the playoffs."
Boykins said he's ready to do his part to help the Bucks compete in postseason.
"This is the freshest my legs have felt at this point of the season ever," Boykins said. "I feel real good."
CELTICS 87, BUCKS 56: The Bucks simply didn't come to play Sunday against the Celtics in Boston. The Bucks' 56 points were a franchise low. The game at TD Garden was essentially over at halftime as the Celtics led 39-22. The Bucks scored only nine points in the first quarter and made only 8-of-35 field-goal attempts (23 percent) and just 1-of-8 three-pointers (13 percent) in their nightmarish first half. The Bucks finished the game shooting 31 percent from the field. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Bucks, who beat the 76ers Saturday night in Milwaukee.
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