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Buck Hits: A new owner, blocked shots and rotations

| December 15, 2012

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Woooo! An undefeated week of Milwaukee Bucks basketball! Sure, the team had some problems and they weren’t exactly playing title contenders, but they won and won and won and won. And that’s a good thing. Tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers will be a huge test for the team and hopefully they handle it well. Here’s your recap of the week that was.

Recap

Bucks 108 – Bobcats 93 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Bucks 97 – Nets 88 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Bucks 98 – Kings 85 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Bucks 90 – Cavaliers 86 – Recap, Box Score, Highlights

Coverage

Yesterday, Marc Stein of ESPN rebooted the rumor that former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has a strong interest in purchasing the Bucks this offseason (scroll down to item number three.) Heisley’s business is based in Chicago and he feels that the Bucks are his best option to get a team close to home since the NBA won’t allow Chicago to have two teams.

Heisley is 75 years old and as of March 2012 he is worth $1.9 billion according to Forbes. In November, Stein said that Heisley is only interested in purchasing the team if Herb Kohl can secure the funding for a new arena. Heisley is not afraid to move a franchise as he moved the Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis in 2001.

Also yesterday, the Eyes on Basketball staff at CBS Sports handed out team grades for the first quarter of the season. The Bucks received a B.

“I don’t understand the Bucks. The Brandon Jennings-Monta Ellis pair doesn’t work (-2.7 net rating together), but when it’s just one of them in the game, the team seems to run quite well. The bench is really good at making shots, showing a lot of good depth. But how does this team remain successful moving forward when their two best players don’t work together? Also, can Scott Skiles just free John Henson already? There’s no way Drew Gooden and Samuel Dalembert are better than him.”

Alex Boeder at Bucks.com wrote a piece about not only the Bucks ability to block opponents, but also their ability to avoid having their own shots blocked. The Bucks currently lead the league in blocked shots per game with 7.6 and this is the fourth highest mark in the NBA since the 1990-91 season. And on the offensive side, only the Heat and Thunder have had their own shots blocked less. Interesting stuff.

And on Tuesday, Steve von Horn and Frank Madden of Brew Hoop released another podcast. In this episode they focus on Scott Skiles’ rotations and why Skiles doesn’t deserve the criticism that he has received. As always, it’s a fun listen.

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Jon Hartzell is a Bucks fan trying to be more optimistic. Larry Sanders is wonderful. During the Fear the Deer run he was a ball boy for the team and was constantly yelled at by Kelvin Sampson. He’s currently a student at UW-Madison and writes for NBA.com, DIME Magazine, and (formerly) A.V. Club Milwaukee.

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  1. Matthew says:

    I would a new owner (if Kohl gets the funding for the new arena) to take a strong interest in making this team significantly better. Sorry, I am posting this being a little bitter and a lot inebriated after watchin that Clippers game. I ‘want’ to believe that Ellis and Jennings are (super)stars, but they are just good starters. They’re not Dwayne Wade, James Harden, or hell, even Kyrie Irving. This team is going to give me a stroke. :(

    • Matthew says:

      would want*

    • Ted says:

      The thing all those players have in common is that they can get to the free throw line, if Jennings could get even 6 FTA’s per game he’d be averaging 20+ and shooting a higher FG%. If he wants to ever be an All Star in the league he has to find a way to draw fouls

      • Sillybilly says:

        Bj3 isn’t getting calls that other guys would get in the same situations. I think its his sleight frame, if he bulked up and went up stronger he would get the calls. But thats not going to happen. I really hope we dont resign him. 39% fg after 3.25 years as a starter is enough of a sample size to make a judgement upon.

  2. Patti says:

    Bucks down by 20 and stayed down by 20. The lead didn’t get any worse, but it didn’t get any better. That game was hard to watch. Bucks were taking a beating. Frontcourt kept getting pushed under the basket so they couldn’t make a basket. Kind of game that Dunleavy would have helped by pulling their defense out. Sigh. On to the next game.

    Go Bucks!