With a win over Philadelphia, the Miami Heat tied the 1970-71 Bucks for the third-longest winning streak in NBA history. If the Bucks can figure out a way to win over the Heat Friday, they can seal that tie for good. The Heat are scheduled to practice in the Cousins Center today.
Gustavo Ayon took the spot of John Henson in the rotation against the Wizards. Jim Boylan spoke of Washington’s size after the game, so perhaps he played the thicker Ayon over the thinner Henson. “We were a bit overmatched in the size department and over a 48-minute game that can wear you down a bit.”
J.J. Redick was disappointed with the loss, but looking up in the standings. “We haven’t secured anything”, he said. “I’m not going to be happy if we end up with the eighth seed. I’m obviously not going to be happy if we don’t make the playoffs, but I think that this team has enough talent to move up. We have to beat teams like the Heat, but we have to beat teams like the Wizards, too.”
Martell Webster said some very un-P.C. things in the locker room after the Wizards’ win. Perhaps he was too giddy. Eww. Webster buried the Bucks with outside shooting in the first half, but it’s not that surprising. He has made 45% of his three-point attempts this season.
John Wall took a full hour to emerge for his post-game interview in the locker room. Even the staff at the Verizon Center seemed a bit befuddled by the length of time it took.
It took a while but I am finally starting to understand the hold that Monta Ellis had over some fans in Golden State. His play over the last month has been startling. When there’s a loose ball, I find my eyes inevitably moving to watch Ellis — not because he’s the player closest to the ball, but because he is the one moving toward it the fastest. But his shot has much less arc than any NBA player I’ve ever seen, so he has to have his proverbial legs under him to be successful.
Recently, he has. When he won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award for the week bridging February and March, he averaged 24.0 points per game on 44% shooting. In the six games since, he has averaged 28.2 points per game on 55% shooting.