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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bucks find offense in win over Magic

MIL (19-30, 11-9 home), once again without the services of Michael Redd for the 16th straight game, had averaged just 90.5 ppg while losing 13 of the previous 15 games without Redd. TUE night, the Bucks broke out as four players scored 20 or more pts in a 116-111 win over the Magic (25-24, 9-14 road).

MIL was led by Rueben Patterson with 27 pts on 11 of 16 FG; Earl Boykins off the bench with 24 pts on 6 of 9 FG; Charlie Villanueva 22 pts, 9 rebs; and Charlie Bell with 20 pts on 8 of 11 FG. The Magic were led by DHoward with 21 pts on 9 of 9 FG and 11 rebs; KBogans with 19 pts on 6 of 8 FG; HTurkoglo 18 pts; CArroyo 14 pts, 7 asts; and TBattie 11 pts. DMilicic and J.J. Redick each scored 9 pts off the bench.

MIL (39 of 77, 50.6%) outscored the Magic (39 of 74, 52.7%) from the floor 87-85. The Magic hit 7 of 17 3 pt FGs, while MIL was 9 of 17 from long range. MIL shot poorly from the FT line (29 of 46), but outscored the Magic (26 of 38) from there. MIL edged the Magic on the boards 41-40. MIL had an outstanding AST/TO ratio of 28/11, while the Magic ratio was 26/17, as TOs hurt the Magic once again. The Magic bench outscored the MIL bench 37-30.

The Magic beat this same team by 25 pts just a week ago in ORL. MIL scored 43 more pts in this game than last week. Magic are in danger of falling to the .500 mark, as they play at the much-improved TOR Raptors Wed night.


  • At 12:52 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Looking at the box score and game summary, I have a few issues about the coaching tonight.

    1) I assume KBogans foot injury was the reason he didn't play in the 4th quarter, because he was having an outstanding game up to that point.

    2) Darko has had a string of outstanding games lately, so why does Battie play 24 minutes and Darko just 21 minutes?

    3) It was obvious that JNelson did not have it this game. Aside from a few meaningless layups the final minute, he would have gone scoreless. Considering that Nelson's foot is bothering him also, why not give TDiener a chance in the second half? Why were Nelson and Arroyo out on the floor the same time in the fourth? Diener played in that arena his college career at Marquette, and could have given the Magic a real spark, instead of having Nelson firing blanks from the outside. BHill is just not bold enough to make such a change in the course of the game that could have turned it around for the Magic.

    Nelson's problems notwithstanding, at least the Magic offense (nice job by CArroyo this game) looked a lot better than their sorry showing against the Knicks, but whoever thought the Bucks, without Michael Redd, would score 116 pts?

  • At 1:49 AM, Blogger BigZ said…

    I'm new to this blog, so could someone please fill me in on why Darko Milicic gets such little playing time. Especially tonight against the Bucks. Milwaukee has zero post defense and Darko was virtually unstoppable down low. Sure, he missed a couple and turned the ball over a few times, but Darko can get off high-percentage shots almost every time he touches the ball down low. While he's had some trouble getting his close-range shots to fall consistently, Darko's so good at getting his shot off that it is only a matter of time before his jump hooks start hitting with deadly precision.

    Frankly, I'd prefer he or Dwight Howard get the ball in the post every possession rather than witness another signature, Hedo Turkoglu, forced jumper or a Jameer Nelson, ignore-the-rest-of-the-team, dribble-the-shot-clock-out three. Additionally, given Darko's passing ability, the Magic should run more plays off of him in the post. I really think he could be as good as Tim Duncun at hitting the open man when he's double teamed.

    Then there are the obvious facts that 1) Darko is the best defending big on the team; and 2) Tony Battie, the primary reason for Darko's limited playing time, is a meat bag.

    Thus, I contend that Darko Milicic is worthy of 30+ minutes per game. Am I wrong?

  • At 3:45 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Far from wrong; you're absolutely right.

    Welcome to the blog BIGZ.

    Mike, you pretty much hit every thought that crossed my mind tonight. This routine is getting old and damn frustrating. And these games are getting really tough to watch.

  • At 9:59 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Mike you found three things within the coaching or lack thereof that probably caused the loss,i agree with all three,but at the same time the on-the-ball-defense of carlos arroyo was just horrible,and because jameer was in foul trouble he got a ton of minutes,sure he was better offensively but his lack of being able to slow williams or boykins just even alittle bit was the difference in the game,everytime one of those guys got by him they got an easy basket for another teammate whether it was a lay-up or a wide-open jumpshot,travis could have been used last night i deffinitely agree with,and even when jameer was on the floor the little bit he played we were better defensively.New york outplayed our bigs,and the bucks outplayed our guards,without a superstar on the team,this is who we are,like intro has said plenty of time before,we can beat anybody,and we can lose to anybody just the same.

  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Welcome to the blog "BIGZ"!!!


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