Bucks at Bulls
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Attendance: 21.126
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

The Davis Dish - Bucks at Bulls Preview
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Scott Skiles, Milwaukee head coach:
Q: On their play.
A: I thought we did a respectful job on Rose, Deng and Boozer. We were just slow getting back to cover Kurt. Also, our turnovers just before halftime caught up with us. We battled back but just played uphill too much tonight.

Q: On Kurt's play:
A: No matter who was on him, we just didn't get back to him fast enough. Kurt is a really smart player. He doesn't shoot a contested shot. In the first half, he was open and we weren't quick enough getting back to him. In the second, he still hit some contested shots.

Q: On Chris Douglas-Roberts' play.
A: Yes, tonight he got it going, it's great when he does. However, the key for him is on a night when he doesn't have it going, how can he help us. Tonight, we handled them well. We kept their scoring percentage under 40 percent. We just had trouble scorning.

Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee center:
Q: On their play tonight.
A: Offensively, it was just a bad first half for us. We just couldn't catch up after that. We were stuck on 28 for a long time and finished with 32. In the second half, CDR got going but by then it was too late for us.

Q: On the Bulls' play.
A: Kurt had a great night for them. He knows our stuff backwards, though. He knows where to get to and where our help is going to come from. He is a really smart player. Rose puts so much pressure on your defense and that really helped Kurt a lot. They are just a good, solid team. They're making their playoff push and we need to try to get there as well.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, Milwaukee guard:
Q: On the Bulls' play:
A: This is a really good team, they are better than people know. Boozer gives Derrick a great target which makes it even tougher for defense.

Q: On his play tonight.
A: I just tried to bring energy to the game for us. I have to come out and be aggressive. Playing defense is of no value if I'm not also being aggressive, trying to score. Tonight, once I got it going, my teammates did a great job of looking for me coming off the screens.

Q: On Derrick Rose.
A: They made big plays tonight. Down the stretch, with a guy like Derrick, he can just clear out the top of the floor and take over. He is the hardest guard to guard in the league now. Is he and MVP? He's been running without Noah and Boozer and still winning. That is MVP caliber right there.

LIKE A ROCK The Bucks have been solid with the rock this year, ranking eighth with just 13.6 turnovers per game (the 76ers lead the league with 13.3) while ranking 10th in turnovers forced (15.0). They've taken that to a new level over the last seven games as they've averaged 11.9 turnovers (83) over that stretch. In those seven they're outscoring their foes 16.6 (116) to 11.0 (77) in points off turnovers. In NFL terms, Milwaukee's +1.4 on turnovers each game ranks fourth in the league behind Portland (+2.5), Memphis (+2.2), and Utah (+1.5).

KEY POINTS Keyon Dooling's 23 points against Washington on January 19 were two off his career-high. He followed that game with a career-best 11 assists on January 21 at Cleveland. Over his last five contests he's second on the team with 13.2 points (shooting 43.5 percent from three, 10-23) and is contributing 5.2 assists to go along with a 4.33:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has hit at least one 3-pointer in his last eight games and 14 of his last 15 tilts.

LEAPING LARRY Larry Sanders played 27 minutes against Memphis on Saturday and contributed 12 points (6- 11 field goals), six rebounds and three blocks. It was the 10th time this season that Sanders received 20 or more minutes in a game. When the rookie receives 20-plus minutes, he has averaged 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in an average of 27 minutes through those 10 tilts (five starts). In the blocks per 48 minutes category, Sanders is second in the NBA for players who have appeared in at least 20 games with 4.6 blocks per 48 minutes. Although he hasn't appeared in enough games to qualify as a per-game leader, Sanders has still blocked more shots than any other rookie. His 41 total blocks (in 29 games) ranks third among first and second-year players behind just Serge Ibaka (90 blocks in 43 games) and Taj Gibson (70 blocks in 42 games).

WALK THE LINE Corey Maggette leads the Bucks in made free throws this season with 161. His 4.5 made free throws per game puts him at 24th in the NBA. Of those players averaging 4.5 FTs per game, Maggette averages the fewest minutes with 21.1. All others average over 30 minutes per game. Maggette has 4,281 makes from the free throw line in his career (51st in NBA history) and needs 12 to pass Jack Sikma (4,292) for 50th place.

KD AND EB FOR #3 In the 16 games without Brandon Jennings this season, Keyon Dooling (5.4) and Earl Boykins (3.7) are combining to average 9.1 assists per game. In the first 25 games of the season, the two combined to average 3.7 assists. With Jennings, the Bucks were averaging 18.0 assists and 13.8 turnovers; without him, 18.1 and 13.3. In the past 16 games, Dooling has a 3.74:1 (86:23) assist to turnover ratio.

READY, STEADY, MAGGETTE Corey Maggette has scored in double-figures in each of the last five games and has produced four 20-plus point outings in his last seven contests. In starting five of the last seven games, the 12th year forward has averaged a team-best 17.6 points while hitting on 49.4 percent of his field goals (43-87) and has gotten to the free throw line a team-best 40 times (connecting on 35 for an 87.5 percentage). Maggette has also contributed 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists during that stretch.

  • Tonight's game begins a stretch where the Bucks play five of the next seven tilts on the road. Following this stretch, the team will have just two road games remaining against the Western Conference, but both in the central time zone at Memphis on February 11 and at Oklahoma City on April 13 as the regular season finale.

  • The Bucks have allowed 100+ points just twice in the last 15 games (one was in overtime) and are allowing 91.3 points (1369) on 44.0 percent shooting (515-1170) over that stretch. Foes have hit just 32.4 percent of their 3-pointers over that time (269-361).

  • Keyon Dooling has posted a 3.19:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is good for sixth in the NBA. That mark would be a career-best, topping his 2.51:1 ratio in 2008-09 with New Jersey. His 137 assists on the year are the third most in his career (this is his 11th season) behind 270 in 08-09 and 177 in 00-01 (rookie with LAC).

  • Drew Gooden needs one more block (399) to reach 400. Andrew Bogut (543) is seven blocks away from 550.
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
John Salmons Right hip soreness
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Carlos Boozer Left ankle sprain
Joakim Noah Right hand

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