April 6, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles (left) talks with guard Keyon Dooling (right) during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. The Bucks won 90-85. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Milwaukee Bucks Links: Hangover Edition

Houston Chronicle:  Eduardo Najera is recovering from the blow from Jon Brockman that fractured his frontal bone:

“I’m a little disappointed he didn’t break his elbow,” Najera joked of the collision with Brockman.

Najera said the days following the surgery were as painful as the injury itself.

Sneezing, or any type of jarring movement, sent bolts of pain through his head. But he’s feeling almost back to normal.

“I am lucky,” Najera said. “It could have been a lot worse. The reality is it was a freaky injury. I am thankful that nothing happened to my brain.”

 

Comcast SportsNet New England:  Over the past few weeks, the Bucks have had lots of support in their playoff run from Boston and from Celtics fans.  Sorry to disappoint.  The Bucks are a lock to keep their second-round pick now.

As you know, the Celtics acquired Dooling from Milwaukee in December in exchange for the rights to Albert Miralles (a 29-year-old Spanish center who will very likely never play an NBA game). In other words, they acquired Dooling for nothing. It was basically a matter of Milwaukee saying: “Hey, Danny. We don’t really want to pay this guy. Do you?”

And Danny did. 

But there was one little twist: A conditional second round pick (Top 44 protected).

The Bucks were so ecstatic over the idea of freeing up Dooling’s roster spot and cap space that they said: “OK, tell you what, if we finish with one of the 16 best records in the league, you can have our second round pick.” And that was that.

Saving the Skyhook:  Here’s a look at the number when Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis play together.  Not surprisingly, Jennings performs worse with Ellis.  Brandon’s numbers are better without Monta because A) his time without Monta is usually with Beno, and 2) when he plays with Beno, it’s largely off the ball.

Jennings, in particular, is negatively affected by the presence of his new backcourt mate.  The stats tell the whole story.  Playing with Monta, Jennings averages 17.4 points, 16.1 FGA, 2.2 FTA, and shoots 44% from the field.  When Ellis is on the bench? Jennings has healthy splits of 24.3/18.6/4.1/51% to go along with that huge +17.3 differential in plus/minus.

Indy Cornrows:  Well, this blog entry –which was written before Thursday night’s game/brawl — wasn’t very nice (unless, of course, you appreciate fine seated webcam dancing).  With Sanders and Dunleavy under contract for next year, the Pacers/Bucks testiness may not be going away anytime soon.

As has been the case several times this season, the Pacers’ relentless pursuit of a W didn’t sit well with some of the Bucks’ players which led to Brandon Jennings and Danny Granger getting into a chest-puffing verbal altercation as the game ended.

While Granger laughed off the incident in the locker room, Jennings took the beef to Twitter to complain about Granger, until Milwaukee’s PR director told him to shut it down.

So now Jennings and the Bucks play the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday and there’s been some talk on local radio shows Grady & Big Joe Show and JMV that the Pacers should show this video of Jennings on the scoreboard and invite fans to join Jennings in his Lady Gaga-inspired dance.

Imagine if they had shown it. Jennings wouldn’t have looked quite so disinterested during the Sanders melee, no?

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Tags: 2nd Round NBA Draft Pick Brandon Jennings Eduardo Najera Indiana Pacers Jon Brockman Keyon Dooling Milwaukee Bucks Monta Ellis

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