Bill Peterson's Breakdown - Bucks at Sixers - 01/14/10
The Bucks (14-22) battle the 76ers (15-23) Friday night in Philadelphia at 6:00 p.m. central. I chatted with Bucks assistant coach Bill Peterson to get an idea of what to look for in Friday’s game.
Peterson opened with his thoughts on Philadelphia. “Philly is a good up-tempo team that is really good in the open floor. We have to get back and stop their transition. We can’t let Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young or Jrue Holiday get going where they get in the paint and get a lot of easy shots.
“They’re a very energetic and athletic team.”
Holiday is a second-year guard who is averaging 14.8 points, 6.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 35.1 minutes. He’s also second on the team with 38 3-pointers.
Williams 12.4 points, 3.4 assists and Young 11.6 points and 4.9 rebounds get their numbers off the bench for the Sixers.
Next, Peterson addressed what the Bucks need to do.
“On our end we have to pound them inside and get the ball to Andrew Bogut and Drew Gooden for scores around the basket. We need to be more physical against them because they’re so long and athletic I think physical play can hurt them.”
Gooden returned to action Wednesday night against San Antonio, the first time he had been on the floor since December 20 at Portland. He finished with eight points and three rebounds in 10 minutes. His 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game will be welcomed back to the Bucks lineup.
Peterson went on to say “We have to execute in the half court and make our shots. We need to get open shots and run our offense. They’ve (76ers) improved defensively.
“If we get the ball where it needs to go inside to Bogut, hit John Salmons coming off curls and knock down those open shots, we’ll be able to make something happen.”
The Bucks are 10-2 when shooting 45.0 percent or better, so it’s clear that when their shots are falling, the defense does enough to make sure that it holds up. They’re also 12-6 when tallying 90 or more points.
Philadelphia allows 97.8 points per game (while scoring 97.1), so the points could be there for the Bucks. If they can top 100 points, the Sixers are 1-14 when allowing foes to reach the century mark.
Catch Friday’s game on FOX Sports Wisconsin and on Newsradio 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee and statewide on the Bucks Radio network. Since Sidney Moncrief will be calling the game with Jim Paschke tomorrow and he’s one of my all-time favorites, I’ll leave you with this video. If you just want to see Sid’s highlight, skip to around 1:45 where he’s, of course, the #4 highlight.
Note: These are the views of the 6th Fan Blogger. Thoughts and opinions expressed in this articles are not necessarily the views of the Milwaukee Bucks.