Central Casting - 04/05/10

Bucks.com's Truman Reed presents this weekly glance at what's happening in the National Basketball Association's Central Division


April 5, 2010

Central Division Standings thru Apr. 5th, 2010
Team W L PCT GB HM RD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
z - Cleveland
60
17
.779
-
34-4
26-13
12-2
37-10
102.1
95.0
+7.1
Lost 1
8-2
Milwaukee
42
34
.553
17
27-11
15-23
9-6
27-19
97.8
96.2
+1.6
Won 1
6-4
Chicago
37
39
.487
22
22-16
15-23
9-5
24-22
97.3
99.3
-2.0
Won 2
6-4
Indiana
29
48
.377
31
21-17
8-31
5-10
20-27
100.3
103.6
-3.2
Won 1
7-3
Detroit
23
53
.303
36
16-23
7-30
2-14
15-32
93.3
99.1
-5.7
Lost 11
0-10
y - Clinched Conference

Player of the Week:
Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers
The eighth-year pro out of the University of Notre Dame is one of 10 NBA players averaging a double-double this season, checking in at 14.6 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Murphys numbers soared well above and beyond his averages last week.

The southpaw power forward came up with 21 points, 14 rebounds and a blocked shot in a 94-84 loss to Atlanta on March 28, then followed that up with 19 points, 13 boards and three assists in a 102-95 victory over Sacramento on March 30. He finished his week with a 29-point, 15-rebound, two-assist, one-steal effort in Indianas 105-96 loss to Miami on April 2.

Rookie of the Week:
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Jennings, who recently won the NBAs Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award for the fourth time this season, closed out March and began April with several big outings, helping his team win three times during a five-game week.

He totaled a team-high 29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a 108-103 overtime triumph over Memphis on March 28, then contributed 17 points, five rebounds and six assists in a 107-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 30. He capped his week with a game-high 23 points, three rebounds and four assists in the Bucks 107-98 victory over Phoenix on April 3.

Game of the Week:
April 3 Milwaukee 107, Phoenix 98
This was one of the Bucks best wins of the year and definitely came with the highest price tag.

With four minutes, 28 seconds to play in the second quarter, Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut, going full speed, gathered in an outlet pass from Carlos Delfino and soared in for a powerful dunk. While trying to avoid Phoenixs Amare Stoudemire, who was trailing and called for a flagrant 1 foul on the play, Bogut hung onto the rim, then lost his grasp, crashed to the court while nearly horizontal and extended his right arm behind him to protect his troublesome back. The impact left Bogut in visible pain. He was helped to the locker room and later taken to Aurora Sinai Medical Center, where tests and imaging revealed Bogut had sustained a dislocated right elbow, a sprained right wrist and a broken right hand.

The Bucks proceeded to build a 26-point third-quarter lead over the Suns, who rode a 10-game winning streak into the contest, and held off a late comeback bid for a 107-98 victory to break a two-game losing streak and lift their record to 42-34.

Brandon Jennings collected a game-high 23 points to lead seven Bucks in double figures. Carlos Delfino added 16 points, a team-leading nine rebounds and four assists, and Luke Ridnour, Kurt Thomas and Ersan Ilyasova combined for 32 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists off the bench. Phoenix got 22 points from Stoudemire and 21 and 20 points, respectively, from reserves Leandro Barbosa and Goran Dragic.

Game to Watch:
April 6 Milwaukee at Chicago
The Bucks leapfrogged past the Bulls and into second place during late February and March and entered this week at 42-34, five games ahead of their I-94 rivals, who were 37-39.
A victory would clinch the Bucks a playoff berth and give them a 3-1 edge in the teams season series. The teams have waged a competitive series thus far this season. Chicago pulled out an 83-81 home win in the first meeting Nov. 3, and the Bucks clipped the Bulls, 99-97, at the Bradley Center on Nov. 30. The Bucks prevailed in another close one, 96-93, in the teams most recent meeting Jan. 8 in Milwaukee behind 27 points and 13 rebounds from Andrew Bogut. Derrick Rose had 25 points in that contest for Chicago.


Big Numbers:

  • LeBron James continued to register LeBron James totals in leading the Cavaliers to a three-game-sweep. He totaled 34 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 97-90 win over Sacramento on March 28; 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Cavs 101-98 win over Milwaukee on March 30 and 27 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in a 93-88 triumph over Atlanta on April 2.
  • Indiana forward Troy Murphy delivered 29 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the Pacers 105-96 loss to Miami on April 2. He also racked up 21 points and 14 boards in a 94-84 loss to Atlanta on March 28 and 19 points, 13 rebounds and three assists in the Pacers 102-95 victory over Sacramento on March 30.
  • Bucks rookie guard Brandon Jennings scored a team-high 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds and distributed eight assists in Milwaukees 108-103 overtime win over Memphis on March 28. Jennings also came through with a game-high 23 points in the Bucks 107-98 win over Phoenix on April 3.
  • Chicagos first-year forward, Taj Gibson, ripped down 16 rebounds, scored 14 points and blocked four shots in the Bulls 95-87 win over Washington on April 2. He also collected 14 points and 15 rebounds in Chicagos 96-88 victory over Charlotte on April 3.
  • Detroit got 29 points and five assists from Richard Hamilton in its 110-103 loss to Chicago on March 28.
  • Danny Granger came up with 33 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in Indianas 102-95 victory over Sacramento on March 30.
  • Milwaukees John Salmons continued his sizzling shooting last week, going for 25 points in a 108-103 overtime win over Memphis on March 28, 28 points in a 101-98 loss to Cleveland on March 30 and another 28 points in an 87-86 overtime loss to Charlotte on April 2. He also totaled 16 rebounds and 18 assists in those three outings.
  • Clevelands Antawn Jamison contributed 26 points and nine rebounds to the Cavs victory over Sacramento on March 28, and teammate Mo Williams had back-to-back outings of 21 and 24 points as in Clevelands wins over Milwaukee and Atlanta.
  • Andrew Bogut had back-to-back games of 19 points and 12 rebounds in Milwaukees losses to Cleveland and Charlotte. He also swatted away a career-high seven shots in the Charlotte contest.
  • Former Buck Flip Murray came off the bench to score 23 points in consecutive games for Chicago as the Bulls defeated Detroit and fell to Phoenix.
  • Miwlaukees Ersan Ilyasova scored a team-high 20 points and snared nine rebounds in the teams 107-89 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 30.
  • Derrick Rose pumped in 26 points and Kirk Hinrich 24 in Chicagos 96-88 triumph over Charlotte on April 3.

Central Division Team Scores Schedules:

Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers Review
March 28 Cleveland 97, Sacramento 90
March 31 Cleveland 101, Milwaukee 98
April 3 Cleveland 93, Atlanta 88

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview:
April 4 @ Boston
April 6 vs. Toronto
April 8 @ Chicago
April 9 vs. Indiana

Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks Review
March 28 Milwaukee 108, Memphis 103
March 30 Milwaukee 107, Los Angeles Clippers 89
March 31 Cleveland 101, Milwaukee 98
April 2 Charlotte 87, Milwaukee 86
April 3 Milwaukee 107, Phoenix 98

Milwaukee Bucks Preview:
April 6 @ Chicago
April 7 vs. New Jersey
April 9 @ Philadelphia
April 10 vs. Boston

Chicago
Chicago Bulls Review
March 28 Chicago 110, Detroit 103
March 30 Phoenix 111, Chicago 105
April 2 Chicago 95, Washington 87
April 3 Chicago 96, Charlotte 88

Chicago Bulls Preview
April 6 vs. Milwaukee
April 8 vs. Cleveland
April 9 @ New Jersey

Indiana
Indiana Pacers Review
March 28 Atlanta 94, Indiana 84
March 30 Indiana 102, Sacramento 95
April 2 Miami 105, Indiana 96

Indiana Pacers Preview
April 4 vs. Houston
April 7 vs. New York
April 9 @ Cleveland
April 10 vs. New Jersey

Detroit
Detroit Pistons Review
March 28 Chicago 110, Detroit 103
March 31 Miami 98, Detroit 81
April 2 Phoenix 109, Detroit 94
April 3 Atlanta 91, Detroit 85

Detroit Pistons Preview:
April 6 @ Philadelphia
April 7 vs. Atlanta
April 9 @ Miami
April 10 @ Charlotte