What’s the Name for the Bucks Bench Mob? Deer Herd?

Sorry that grades aren’t as they usually are. Ian struggles with computers.

That bench was on fire. Good thing too because with out Andrew Bogut (albeit a struggling Bogut) the Bucks have very little going for them around the rim. The best they can do is run backdoor cuts, but that one-trick pony didn’t last long into the fourth quarter once shooting went cold late in the fourth.

Stephen Jackson

After only taking one shot against the Hawks, Jackson came back to take 16 shots.  They were the same old shots that he always takes: some good and some with hands in his face. Right now he’s in a battle with Shaun Livingston for minutes at shooting guard. If he keeps having  games like he had against the Rockets – where he’s finding cutters, playing tough defense and hitting shots – then he’ll inevitably win no matter what Livingston does.

Brandon Jennings

Had his fifth straight 20 point game. Jennings had fine shot selection; he took no long twos against the Rockets and was able to get into the paint against one of the better defensive point guards, Kyle Lowry.  The impetus for all Bucks victories normally rests on Jennings dominating his matchup. He was able to outscore both Lowry and Dragic combined tonight.

Ersan Ilyasova

The sole reason why the Bucks were anywhere near the Rockets in rebounding. If Bogut is out for any stretch of time, Ersan’s rebounding will be the only reliable thing the Bucks will have in the paint. Offensively, Ersan can’t play his game while Bogut is out. Gooden plays out on the wings which forces Ilyasova to play closer to the basket than he’s comfortable with

Mike Dunleavy

I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I smiled with Dunleavy after he hit his first three since he came back from his injury. Not just because the three was huge for the Bucks, but because he was happy. And that made me happy. Hopefully this means that Dunleavy is out of his slump. That’ll be needed because the Bucks haven’t been getting much near the basket. Their hot shooting needs to continue.

Beno Udrih

Udrih had this great sequence where he faked the shot, drove, faked the pass, faked the teardrop then passed it off to Jackson.  His seven assists were a function of hot shooting while he was out there, but a lot of those open shots were setup by his penetration.

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  1. As much as I would love for Skiles to nail down a rotation at this point, I gotta say that I would have no idea how to define it. Outside of Jennings, this roster is all over the place, and you never know who is going to step up night-to-night. Just when I’m ready to future endeavor Ilyasova and Gooden, they become vital contributors. When I’m ready to stick a fork in Jackson’s tenure, if not his career, his veteran savvy and defense prove to be big. When I’m ready to start with Livingston and Leuer, one DNP-CDs two games in a row, and the other goes back to his limited role.

    I just don’t know, mayne, I just don’t know. Larry Sanders is still a knucklehead, but after that, I just don’t know.

  2. Man the Bucks have really stepped up on this very hard six game stretch after struggling early. Glad to see some fight in these Bucks!!! I agree with you Marq on the lineup questions but hey at least they are winning as of late