Central Casting - 04/19/10

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


April 19, 2010

Central Division Standings thru Apr. 19th, 2010
Team
W
L
PCT
GB
HM
RD
DIV
CONF
PF
PA
DIFF
STRK
L10
Cleveland
61
21
.744
-
35-6
26-15
12-4
38-14
102.1
95.6
+6.5
Lost 4
4-6
Milwaukee
46
36
.561
15
28-13
18-23
10-6
31-21
97.7
96.0
+1.7
Won 1
6-4
Chicago
41
41
.500
20
24-17
17-24
10-6
28-24
97.5
99.1
-1.6
Won 3
7-3
Indiana
32
50
.390
29
23-18
9-32
6-10
23-29
100.8
103.8
-3.0
Lost 2
6-4
Detroit
27
55
.329
34
17-24
10-31
2-14
18-34
94.0
99.1
-5.1
Won 1
4-6

Player of the Week:
Derrick Rose, Chicago
The second-year point guard willed his team into the playoffs with arguably the best three-game series of his young career.

The former University of Memphis standout collected 26 points and seven assists in the Bulls 104-88 triumph over Toronto on April 11, then established a career high with 39 points and totaled five rebounds and seven assists in Chicago's 101-93 victory over Boston on April 13. Rose finished his regular season with 27 points and five assists in the Bulls 98-89 triumph over Charlotte on April 14, then came up with 28 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists in a 96-83 loss to Cleveland in the first game of the teams' opening-round Eastern Conference playoff series on April 17.

Rookie of the Week:
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee
Jennings accumulated 21 points, four rebounds and five assists in Milwaukee's 104-96 loss to Atlanta on April 12, but enjoyed an even more successful encore when the teams met again April 17 to open their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series in Atlanta.

Jennings scored 13 points in the second quarter and 12 in the third to help rally Milwaukee from a 22-point deficit to within seven points and finished with 34 points - the fourth-most scored by a rookie in his NBA playoff debut. He made 14-25 field-goal attempts, including 4-6 from three-point distance, and came up with three assists and three rebounds.

Game of the Week:
April 11 - Chicago 104, Toronto 88
With the victory, the Bulls broke a tie with the Raptors for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with two games remaining in the regular season.
They also left the Raptors demoralized, knowing they would be hard-pressed to keep pace with the Bulls with All-Star forward Chris Bosh with an injury.

Joakim Noah capitalized on Bosh's absence with a monster game of 18 points and 19 rebounds, and teammate Derrick Rose added 26 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won their final two regular-season contests over Boston and Charlotte to earn their way into the playoffs.

Luol Deng collected team highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who fell one game behind Toronto for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Game to Watch:
April 22 - Atlanta at Milwaukee
The Bucks will play their first NBA playoff game at the Bradley Center since 2006 when the Hawks come to town for the third game of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference series.

Atlanta staved off a furious comeback bid to beat the Bucks, 102-92, in the first game of the series April 17, surviving a 34-point performance by Milwaukee rookie point guard Brandon Jennings.

The Bucks split their two regular-season contests at the BC against Atlanta, winning 98-95 March 22 before falling 104-96 April 12. Milwaukee guard John Salmons is averaging 27 points in four games against the Hawks as a member of the Bucks.

Big Numbers:

  • Derrick Rose's career-high 39-point performance for Chicago against Boston on April 13 has to rank as the division's best for the week, considering that it helped the Bulls earn a playoff berth. Rose averaged 30 points per game in his four outings during the week, capped by a 28-point, seven-rebound, 10-assist stint in the Bulls 96-83 loss to Cleveland in the opening game of the teams' Eastern Conference playoff series April 17.
  • Brandon Jennings carried Milwaukee with 34 points in its first playoff game in four seasons April 17, but the Atlanta Hawks emerged with a 102-92 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference opening-round series.
  • Chicago's Joakim Noah accumulated 18 points and 19 rebounds as the Bulls broke out of a tie for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 104-88 victory over Toronto on April 11.
  • LeBron James came up with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in leading Cleveland past Chicago, 96-83, in game one of the teams' Eastern Conference playoff series April 17. Teammate Mo Williams added a 19-point, 10-assist double-double.
  • Indiana's Roy Hibbert tallied a team-high 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Pacers regular-season finale, a 98-97 loss to Washington on April 14.
  • Milwaukee got a team-best 28 points from John Salmons in a 104-96 loss to Atlanta on April 12.
  • Kirk Hinrich complemented Derrick Rose's 39 points with 30 of his own in the Bulls 101-93 triumph over Boston on April 13.
  • Luke Ridnour came off the Milwaukee bench to record team highs of 17 points and eight assists in the Bucks 106-95 win over Boston on April 14.
  • Detroit got a team-high 24 points from Ben Gordon in a 111-97 loss to Toronto on April 12.
  • Pistons rookie Jonas Jerebko logged a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds in a 103-98 victory over Minnesota on April 14.

Central Division Team Scores Schedules:

Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers Review
April 11 - Orlando 98, Cleveland 92
April 14 - Atlanta 99, Cleveland 83
April 17 - Cleveland 96, Chicago 83*

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview:
April 19 vs. Chicago*
April 22 @ Chicago*

Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks Review
April 12 - Atlanta 104, Milwaukee 96
April 14 - Milwaukee 106, Boston 95
April 17 - Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 92*

Milwaukee Bucks Preview:
April 20 @ Atlanta*
April 24 vs. Atlanta*

Chicago
Chicago Bulls Review
April 11 - Chicago 104, Toronto 88
April 13 - Chicago 101, Boston 93
April 14 - Chicago 98, Charlotte 89
April 17 - Cleveland 96, Chicago 83*

Chicago Bulls Preview
April 19 @ Cleveland*
April 22 vs. Cleveland*

Indiana
Indiana Pacers Review
April 12 - Orlando 118, Indiana 98
April 14 - Washington 98, Indiana 97
(end of season)


Detroit
Detroit Pistons Review
April 12 - Toronto 111, Detroit 97
April 14 - Detroit 103, Minnesota 98
(end of season)

*denotes playoff game