Share Four teams will be battling for three playoff spots in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Looking at the remaining schedules, it appears if Miami can keep it together long enough, they have a good chance to make some noise come April. With as soft a schedule as a team could ever ask for [...]
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Share In between referee whistles and defender complaints Andrew Bogut stood tall on Friday night in one of those efforts that makes you say, “Oh, I can see why this guy was a number one pick.” Trading blows back and forth with Brad Miller like they were two aging prize-fighters, Bogut shook off a rough [...]
ShareMilwaukee Bucks (Scott Skiles) 14 – 18 (Probable) Inactives: Joe Alexander and Dan Gadzuric vs. Chicago Bulls (Vinny Del-Negro) 14-19 (Probable) Inactives: Lindsey Hunter Date: 1/8/2010 Time: 7:30 (CST) TV: FS Wisconsin Match-Ups Point Guard Brandon Jennings vs. Derrick Rose The last time these teams met, Jennings/Rose was hyped as a potential matchup of the [...]
It’s a part of his game that will prove crucial down the road, but think about it for a second. If you had Jennings talent, would you ever do anything but drive by people and shoot three’s when you were in high school? Who could stop him from doing either? Sure, he probably had opportunities to work on the floater and in-between game in Europe, but it was hardly any more necessary there than it was in high school. He wasn’t getting minutes anyway and who knew what the NBA would hold. I’m confident he’ll straighten this thing out by the end of the year or by the start of next.
If anyone is operating on the illusion that playing point guard in the NBA is easy, you can look to Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose for confirmation that that theory is flawed. Jennings has fallen on hard times since the media storm that’s encompassed him since his 55-point game. Rose has struggled some in his second NBA season, likely due to an ankle injury and a suspect jump-shot. He’s getting to the rim less and having to settle for more mid-range jump shots. And as I said, he’s not particularly good at shooting mid-range or long distance jump shots, hitting just 40 percent of his 16-23 foot jumpers while pretty much completely foregoing the three (1-6 on the year). Rose’s inability to shoot the three makes him a little easier to guard and Jennings confidence at home makes him more liable to have a big day offensively. The Bulls don’t have a Dwight Howard roaming the paint to deter him inside. Could be a nice day.
The Bucks are going to need better performances out of their wings in the future, specifically more than two three pointers and one free throw made out of all of their shooting guards and small forwards combined, to avoid similar fates if they are going to continue to allow this many free throws. And judging from last season and the pre-season evidence, the free throw problem isn’t going anywhere.
This is a match-up not so dissimilar from opening night for the Bucks. The Bulls are going to look to transition and score easy baskets, as they have lots of athleticism and don’t have a lot of great half court players. If they are forcing turnovers it could be a very long night for the Bucks, who don’t have Redd to help them play catchup. Jennings shined in his first road game in Philly, but will be dealing with a much tougher point guard tonight.