Basketball Reference: Yes, I’m a complete sucker for the statistical oddities that show up over small sample sizes. Sue me.
Two trends that the Bucks would like to have continue: Brandon Jennings leading the league in both assists and steals per game and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. leading the league in true shooting percentage. Dunleavy is also near the top of the list in most measures of player efficiency, thanks to making over 70% of his shots thus far.
Two trends that are probably less likely to continue: Larry Sanders leading the league in field goal percentage (81.2%!) and Mike Dunleavy coming in second in defensive rebounding percentage. Mike is a nice rebounder, but no wiry, 32-year-old backup small forward can keep up that pace.
The only player ahead of Dunleavy on that list, Anderson Varejao of Cleveland, may not fall as far. As the Bucks can attest, he was terrific on the boards and in just about every other way, too.
Bucksketball: Larry Sanders has been a marvelous defender and shot blocker for a while. By mixing in a few defensive rebounds with the ability to catch and finish near the hoop, Sanders is poised to become an arena cult favorite.
Then he mugged what seemed like all sides of the arena and did his best to point to each of his newly devoted fans. Finally, as he was nearing the Bucks bench, Sanders waved his hands up, encouraging the crowd to get louder, before he cupped his ears to drink in all the love that was being sent his way. Oddly enough, he was asked if he heard the chants after the game. Hear them? The man directed them.
“I love that. I love any time our crowd pumps our team,” he said after the adrenalin had long left his body.
The always stoic Skiles was asked if he caught Sanders exhibition on the way to the bench and he showed the faint beginnings of a smirk and said he did. He was asked what he thought. The consummate professional on the court since he was a youngster, Skiles wanted Sanders to act like he’d been there before.
Sanders has impressed with his ability to snag interior passes so far this season. I have to agree with Frank Madden at Brew Hoop, though, that his successful driving, spinning, lefty hook in the second half of the Cleveland game was one of those “no, no, no, hell no, NO… YES!” shots
Twitter: Heard murmurs of this elsewhere, but perhaps the purple and green deer jerseys return for a game or two this year? Brandon Jennings wants to try them out with a pair of brightly-colored Under Armour joints.
img.ly/plNA hopefully we bring back the old school Purple Bucks Jersey this year
— BRANDON JENNINGS (@justryod3) November 5, 2012
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 5, 2012
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Through two games, the small forward rotation of starter Tobias Harris starter and supersub Mike Dunleavy is humming along about as well as could be expected. Dunleavy put up his highest point total in Milwaukee — 29 points on just 12 shots — in the win over Cleveland, while Harris scored 18 points on 11 shots against the Celtics.
Scott Skiles pointed out one factor that made Harris’ job easier in Boston.
“I know that’s the nature of our business. I was happy for Tobias (Friday) night; I thought he played really well. One of the biggest plays in the game arguably was Brandon going to the hole strong and picking up Paul’s first foul.
“Then all of a sudden Paul got his second, came back in and got his third. That helped Tobias, for sure.”
Racine Journal Times: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute isn’t expected to return for at least a few more weeks.
Youtube: Because it hasn’t gotten old yet (and won’t until at least Wednesday).
It’s almost like I’ve completely forgotten that the three Bucks shots before this one were airballs. Or have I?