Ballin' With Boylan - 11/01/10
By Britt Clement
The Bucks are one week into the 2010-11 season and are 1-2. They suffered two defeats against Western Conference clubs on the road before coming to Milwaukee and defeating the Charlotte Bobcats in the home opener.
With the first Bucks week in the books, Jim Boylan gives us his thoughts on last week's three games while looking ahead to this week's four games in five nights stretch that includes Portland (home on Tuesday, 7 p.m. CT), Boston (road ESPN game on Wednesday, 7 p.m.), Indiana (road on Friday, 6 p.m.) and New Orleans (home on Saturday, 7:30 p.m.).
So what did Boylan see in the team after the first week?
"I think we showed that we're a team that added quite a few new pieces and I think we're still figuring out how to play with each other," Boylan said. "The coaches are still trying to figure out what lineups we can put out there on the floor. We've shown some signs of coming together a little bit, especially in our last game against Charlotte. Our effort was much better than it was in the first two games as far as how we approached things on the defensive end of the floor and the level of intensity we tried to execute with."
Boylan went on to discuss what the team needs to do to be successful. "We need everybody contributing," he noted. "The effort part of it needs to be a consistent thing from everybody who is out on the floor. We're trying to get to that point and I think we've made a little bit of progress and we're moving in the right direction although we still have a ways to go yet."
In reference to the team's effort on Saturday, the Bucks got 23 points from Carlos Delfino (5-11 3FG), 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks from Andrew Bogut and 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals from John Salmons. Brandon Jennings recorded his first career triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the youngest player in team history to produce a triple-double.
The Bucks have a tough schedule in the early portion of the season and this week they'll face two playoff teams from 2010 (Portland and Boston), a road game against a division rival (Indiana) and then return home to face the New Orleans squad that defeated them on opening night.
"I think our schedule early on has a couple of tough stretches in it and this is certainly one of them," Boylan said. "We have four games (in five nights) this week. Coming out the gate, getting right into the swing of things is sometimes hard to do. This is a difficult test for us this week. We have a very good Portland team coming in followed by a team that was in the Finals last year (Boston). This is going to be a tough test for us, good teams back-to-back. It's going to give us an indication of where we are and how we can compete against the elite teams in the league."
I asked Boylan about what he'd like to see from the Bucks this week - aside from wins - and he said "I go back to giving solid effort on the defensive end of the floor and getting better there. We understand that offensively our timing is going to be a little bit off. This early in the season and that's fairly normal. We'd like to see some progress in how we're executing - having everybody in the right spot at the right time and executing our offensive sets so that we can have guys catching the ball in positions where they can have some success. Our team is built around execution and effort. If we can shore up those two areas it will be a good week for us. If we do that, we'll definitely have some success this week."We'll check back with coach next week for more "Ballin' With Boylan."