5-2. 2-1. 3-0. These three numbers represent the Bucks record with Shawn Livingston starting, since Andrew Bogut got injured (3-1 if you consider Bogut missed most of the win against Houston), and without Stephen Jackson, respectively. Yes there is a lot of optimism in Bucks camp right now and everyone is wondering if they can keep it up. Starting tonight, the Bucks face a 3 games in 4 nights stretch that includes Miami and Chicago. Let the test begin.


01/30/12 Bucks v. Pistons

Box Score

Analysis: JSOnlineBrewhoopBehind the Buck Pass

Power Rankings

Marc Stein: 19
John Hollinger: 15
NBA.com: 18


Gery Woelfel is reporting that Ersan Ilyasova has 5 teams overseas that want to buy out his contract. Ersan claims to have his focus (even though he’s talking to reporters about it), “I don’t want to think about it because I don’t want it to affect my game. We’ll see what happens.” If Ilyasova can keep up his high level of play, he’ll set himself up for a good contract, whether it’s in the NBA or not.

Brandon Jennings as good as LeBron James?! Okay not really, but Behind the Bucks Pass has stats to prove that Jennings and LeBr0n are playing the most efficient basketball in the league.

Charles Gardner is calling Delfino’s recent star stopping defense devilish.

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