GAMEDAY: Milwaukee at Utah - 11/29/10


Bucks at Jazz
Energy Solutions Arena
8:00pm

TV Companion

Attendance: 18497
Duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes
6-11
14-5
88
109

Marshfield Clinic Shining Moment - Bucks at Jazz
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
26
26
21
15
88
30
30
20
29
109

Scott Skiles - (6-11 this season)

On the game
"We hung in there for a while. But we had that stretch to kind of start the third where we actually played some decent defense. Which was a struggle for us tonight as well and got some stops but then they just got on theglass on us. We leaked out a little bit too much. At halftime we only had three guys that had a defensiverebound on the roster. I don't know if I have ever seen that in a game. They took it to us from mid-third quarteron and we had a hard time with it."

On competing during the game
"We are an NBA team, we should be competing every night. They shot 55%, dominated us on the glass. We were able to hang in the game because the three ball was going in and we were getting to the line. Those were the two main things. We had an inordinate amount of wide open shots tonight as many as we have had in a game. Once again we really struggled to knock them down. Our ball movement was pretty good for most of the night we just couldn't make the open shots."

Brandon Jennings - Guard (27 points, 4 assists)

On the game
"I felt like we played well but they just kind of ran away with it tonight."

On if tonight's game was deflating not being able to get defensive rebounds
"We didn't have our big bodies tonight and the guys we had were trying their best to get the rebounds but with (Andrei) Kirilenko and guys just flying in there trying to tip the ball and stuff like that it's kind of hard."

Chris Douglas-Roberts - Guard (19 points, 4 rebounds)

On the game
"We couldn't get a rebound and they were executing freely. They're already a great half court team and if you don't take them out of their stuff, it was just too easy for them tonight."

On how he felt tonight and if he's still rusty
"Not rusty, I'm not really rusty. I feel pretty good but as a whole we just have to do better. We`re not supposed to lose this bad."


DAUNTING DECEMBER - We're not quite there yet but the Bucks December schedule is tough to say the least. Of the team's 13 games in the month, 11 of those games will feature opponents that have records of .500 or better and those 13 opponents combine for a 128-83 record (.607). If you take out Houston (5-11) and Sacramento (4- 11), the combined record is 119-61 (.661). Including tonight's game against Utah, the Bucks play five-straight games (@ Utah, @ Denver, vs. Orlando, vs. Miami and vs. Indiana) against opponents who are currently .500 or better. Those five opponents currently combine for a 52-30 record (.634). After the Bucks play Houston, the team then has another tough five-game stretch, at Dallas (12-4), at San Antonio (14-2), vs. Utah (13-5) again, at Portland (8-8) and at the Lakers (13-4), who have a 60-23 (.723) record combined. Despite the tough schedule, the Bucks have fared better against teams at or above .500 so far this year (4-5) compared to teams below .500 on the day of the game (2-4).

THE LARRY AND BRANDON SHOW - With Andrew Bogut missing the last three games, Bucks rookie Larry Sanders has stepped up. He made his first start Saturday at Charlotte and had a season-high 10 points (4-6 from the field) in 24:43. Over the last three games, Sanders is averaging 8.7 points on 52.2 percent from the field, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 26.2 minutes per game. Point guard Brandon Jennings has been scoring in bunches for the Bucks, averaging 21.3 points over the last six games, which includes two 30-plus point outings. Jennings is averaging a team-best 17.8 points per game and has scored in double figures in 14 of the Bucks 16 games.

NEARING NUMBERS - A few personal milestones are on the way for Bucks players. Ersan Ilyasova needs four 3-pointers (currently at 146) to reach 150. Earl Boykins (599) is one game away from 600. Andrew Bogut (482) is 14 blocks away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (495) for fourth in franchise history. Carlos Delfino (249) is one steal away from 250 for his career and (346) needs four threes to reach 350. Drew Gooden (445) is five steals away from 450 and (394) six blocks away from 400. John Salmons had seven assists on Saturday to surpass 1,500 for his career (1,502). The Bucks franchise (1,796) is four wins from 1,800. That's 14th among active franchises, but their .524 winning percentage (1,796-1,632) is eighth among active franchises. Only Phoenix (1,922 wins) has been in the NBA as long as the Bucks among teams ahead of Milwaukee in wins. All other franchises joined the league before Milwaukee.

  • The Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 104-101 win at home against Charlotte. Six Bucks finished in double-figures, including all five starters. The starting lineup included Luc Mbah a Moute (12 points), Ersan Ilyasova (first start, 17 points), Larry Sanders (first start, 10 points), John Salmons (16 points) and Brandon Jennings (32 points). It was the first time this season that the Bucks had all five starters in double-figures.

  • Saturday's game against Charlotte broke a streak of eight-straight games in which the Bucks had outrebounded their opponent. Milwaukee had a season-low 32 rebounds against Charlotte.

  • Milwaukee continues to lead the league in rebound percentage, collecting 53.4 percent of the rebounds that are available in a game. The Bucks have a 78.6 defensive rebounding percentage, which is also tops in the NBA and their 43.9 boards per game ranks fifth in the league.

  • After missing 15 games with a right eye injury, guard Chris Douglas-Roberts made his Bucks debut Saturday night, scoring 11 points on 4-6 shooting in 19:44. With Douglas-Roberts making his Bucks debut Saturday night, the franchise has now had 320 players appear in a regular season game in the franchise's history.

  • The Bucks allow the fewest points in the paint each game at 34.1 per game. Milwaukee is allowing the fourthfewest second-chance points at 11.1.

  • In each of the Bucks six wins so far this season, they have had one player with at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Brandon Jennings has four of those games while John Salmons and Ersan Ilyasova each have one. Ilyasova had 17 points, nine rebounds and tied a career-high six assists vs. Charlotte.
Jennings
Salmons
Mbah a Moute
Ilyasova
Sanders
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Williams
Bell
Kirilenko
Millsap
Jefferson
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com



Player Injury
Status
Drew Gooden Left plantar fasciitis
Day-to-Day
Corey Maggette Left Ankle soreness
Day-to-Day
Andrew Bogut Back soreness
Day-to-Day
Carlos Delfino Neck strain
Day-to-Day
Darington Hobson Left hip surgery
Out
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Mehmet Okur Left achilles
Out