Great win by the Bucks last night at Atlanta on the second night of a back to back. Going into the game I would have settled for a close defeat where the team didn’t lose the confidence gained from the game against New York the previous night. I especially thought this when the Bucks were down 22-9 early, but then went on a 79-36 run. That is correct, the Bucks outscored Atlanta by over 40 points during one stretch.
- Bench- The Bucks bench took over late in the first quarter and continued it into the second. On the other side the Hawks bench did little to nothing and was a contributor to the Hawk woes. During the second quarter Skiles basically said to the hell with the starters and let the bench run with it.
- Corey Maggette(20pts, 6fouls)- 6th man of the year? Maggette was hitting jumpers early, punishing Atlanta for putting Josh Smith on him. Later he got to the rim, and the free throw line as he normally does. I gotta say I love Maggette and really hope Skiles and him can get along. As for the fouls I do not mind that, I would rather Maggette be too aggressive and physical on defense forcing free throws than be passive and allow easy scores.
- Ersan Illyasova(17pts, 10rebs)- Ersan had a very good game also benefiting from the matchup problems the Hawks had with he and Maggette.
- Brandon Jennings(19pts, 5rebs, 6asts) – Jennings lit it up in the 3rd quarter during a run that put the game out of reach scoring 14 points including a four point play. The one thing that I am wondering with Jennings is where are the steals? For someone as quick as Jennings with good instincts I would expect the steal numbers to be higher.
In general a very good win for the Bucks who are now a game away from .500 at 4-5. Looking at the stats the Bucks shot less free throws, only out-shot the Hawks 51%-49% but out-rebounded the Hawks by 12 and had seven more steals. Effort and intensity were large factors in the win, especially when the Hawks started getting frustrated in the second quarter.
ESPN’s Daily Dime
The Bucks win got mention in ESPNs Daily Dime, for a team without true stars it is always nice when they do good things and get some national attention.
The Hawks dropped their third straight in impressively awful fashion on Wednesday night, converting a 13-point lead into a 30-point deficit with alarming speed before falling to Milwaukee 108-91.
Cosmetic scoring made this game seem close, but it wasn’t. And if the scoreboard seemed lopsided, the difference in effort was even more noticeable.
“Very dispiriting,” said Hawks coach Larry Drew.
Believe it or not, Atlanta led this game 22-9 with three minutes left in the first quarter. Just 27 minutes later, they were losing 88-58. Do the math and Milwaukee went on a mind-boggling 79-36 run, outscoring Atlanta by 43 points in that span. The Bucks could have made it worse, too, but called off the dogs to start the final period.
Believe it or not, the Bucks were the team on a back-to-back. Their league-high fourth, in fact. But they’ve made it to the other side after a 1-4 start, returning home a respectable 4-5 against a difficult early slate after back-to-back blowouts of the Knicks and Hawks.