Bucks Bring Balanced Scoring Attack Into Chicago
Posted Nov 6 2006 12:28PM
NBA.com Daily Confidential
Michael Redd is getting some help from the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks' offense.
The Bucks look to turn in another balanced scoring effort when they visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Redd led the Bucks (2-1) in scoring with 25.4 points per game last season, 12 more than second-leading scorer Bobby Simmons.
Redd is averaging 26.0 points per game through the first three games this season, but Charlie Villanueva - acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade for point guard T.J. Ford - is chipping in 19.3 points and 2005 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut is adding 18.3 a contest.
``Andrew is our man,'' point guard Mo Williams said. ``We all know Mike is our All-Star, but the centerpiece of this team is Andrew. We want to go to him because he can do so many things with the ball. We have to play through him at times.''
Williams is averaging 14.7 points per game this season after posting a career-high 12.1 a contest in 2005-06.
``That's the beauty of the team this year,'' Redd said after Saturday's 104-91 win over Sacramento. ``Our offense is really explosive, really diverse. We have multiple guys that can score. It showed tonight.''
Redd scored 26 points, Villanueva added 25 and Bogut had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who won their home opener after splitting their first two games on the road. Williams had 15 points and 12 assists and Ruben Patterson added 10 points as all five starters scored in double figures.
``We have so many options,'' Bogut said. ``Look at our starting five. I think (general manager) Larry (Harris) has done a great of putting this team together.''
Villanueva was doubtful for Saturday's game after leaving Friday's 109-92 loss at Toronto with a sore right calf. However, he went 11-of-17 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
The Bulls (1-2) have dropped two in a row since opening the season with a 42-point victory over defending champion Miami on Wednesday. Chicago lost its home opener on Friday, falling 89-88 to the Kings.
``Well as they say, you can't win 'em all. We're just trying to get the ones we can think we can get,'' Wallace told the Bulls' website. ``I think tonight we would definitely get a win, but the one thing about this league, you can't dwell on one loss for too long. You have to get ready for the next.''
These teams split their four-game season series last season, but Milwaukee has dropped eight of its last 10 visits to Chicago.
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