Bucks at Celtics
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Times Tied: 0
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 18,624
Duration: 2 hours, 4 minutes
26-39
47-17
56
87

Marshfield Clinic Shining Moment - Bucks vs Celtics
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
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56
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27
87
Head Coach Scott Skiles

“That’s about as humiliating a defeat as you’ll ever see.  Right at the jump ball Rondo got right up into Brandon, they got right up into our guards, and they got us on our heels and took our competitive fight away from us.  We pretty much just gave into it.”

Re: That the most concerning part? “Yeah, we had a hard time just even dribbling the ball.  We’d take a couple dribbles, fumble it.  Had a hard time delivering the ball to each other, and then when we did finally get some open looks we didn’t make those either.  We tried to hang in on the defensive end, the guys were there early in the game trying to get some stops.  If you tell me with fifty seconds to go in the quarter, the Celtics only have 18 points before the game I’m going to say we’re in good shape.  Instead we’re down by 12.  So, you know, they came to play and we didn’t, and when that happens this type of thing can happen.”

“We were so passive.  You could tell their plan was to jump on our point guard early, jump on our guard, get up into them, and see if we had any sort of response to it, and we didn’t.”

Re: Surprising after success last three games? “When you’re a coach and your team wins by twenty, against a certain team, if you don’t act like you’re happy enough there’s something wrong with you.  I argue that, no offense to them, but two of the opponents we played out of our last three games, their records bear out, they’re not very good.  And we played better, but we played, 14, 16 minutes of quality basketball and that was good enough to beat teams like that by twenty points.  Last night, played very well, more like 38, 40 minutes of quality basketball, and then tonight, I don’t know about any.  But you know it’s just one of those things, we know what we’re supposed to be doing out there.  They’re a good team, they came to play tonight and we didn’t have much response for it.”

Re: What do the Celtics do so well out there? “It’s a bit of a common theme for us this year.  We’ve struggled on the perimeter to beat every teams big’s.  And too many times big’s even switch onto us, and we kind of dribble around and shoot jump shots.  It’s something we’re trying to work on, trying to get better at.  But tonight was a little bit different, even with nobody guarding us on a few occasions we just fumbled the ball dribbling it, and we’ve got to be more fundamentally sound.”

Re: What do you do with this game? “The first thing I’m going to do is look at it.  After we look at it we make sure that we’re 100 % right with what we think about it, and then we’ll go from there”

Andrew Bogut
“Phily beat Boston, we blow out Phily, and Boston blows us out, it’s just the way the league is.  We just came out tonight, and didn’t have good cohesion offensively, our defense was good, we limited them, when the game was still, when we were still fighting for the game, before the benches came on, that was a big point.  We were right there defensively.”

Re: What does Boston do? “Keep us to one side of the floor.  Our pick and rolls don’t work too well against them.  And if we come off a pick and roll we’re going towards half court instead of going to the basket.  I got to do a better job being aggressive in the post, and we got to do a better job of getting to the basket and making aggressive moves.  We did that at a stage of the game, and we finally started doing that, we just couldn’t make shots.”

Re: Franchise low in points? “Yeah records are made to be broken.”

Earl Boykins
“Tonight, we didn’t have energy, we actually played pretty good defense tonight.  Our offense was just awful.”

“The thing is, this is one game, we can’t let this snowball, we can’t let this affect us going to the next game, we have to put this behind us a prepare for the Hawks.”

Re: Franchise low in points? “You can’t worry about that.  When you have a game where you shoot the ball this bad, you don’t expect to win, you can’t win.  So it’s just a point of us focusing.


TRIO OF TRIUMPH – The Bucks have stepped it up in a number of statistical categories over the last three games. The team is averaging 102.3 points (91.7 on the season) and shooting 50.4 percent from the field (42.7) and 47.1 percent from 3-point range (34.2). Defensively, the Bucks three opponents have averaged just 80.0 points per game (92.3 on the season), 41.1 percent from the field (44.5) and 32.5 percent from three (34.0). With the Bucks winning by a large margin, Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut have logged fewer minutes. Jennings is averaging 27.5 minutes in the last three (32.9 on the season) and Bogut has played 28.5 (35.4) in three games since returning from a left intercostal muscle strain on March 8.

FIT FOR A KING – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute may be a prince in Cameroon but lately he's been playing like a king for the Bucks. On Saturday, he had his seventh double-double of the season (14 points/12 rebounds) to go with his career high five steals. The Bucks are now 5-2 on the season when the prince has a double-double. For the month of March, Mbah a Moute is averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.3 steals in four games (he missed two games due to flu-like symptoms).

IN LIKE A LION – Brandon Jennings has stepped it up so far this March, scoring in double figures in the first six games of the month. He has led the team in scoring in four of those six games and so far this month, the point guard is averaging a team-high 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game. This season, the Bucks are 6-2 when Jennings has performances with 20 or more points, five or more rebounds and four or more assists.

ON POINT – In the last two games, the Bucks trio of point guards have combined for some big numbers. Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins have combined for 81 points on 32-55 (.582) from the field. The trio of point guards has also combined for 25 assists compared to six turnovers (4.17:1 assist-to-turnover ratio). On Saturday, Jennings went just 5-15 from the field but four of those five field goals were from long distance. Boykins and Dooling both shot at or above 50 percent as they went 56.1 (4-7) and 50.0 (4-8) percent, respectively, from the field.

MARCH MADNESS – Busy is an understatement for the Bucks in the month of March. The team has 16 total games, 10 of which will be played at home. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in one month was 18 in January 2009. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in the month of March was 17 in March 2005. The Bucks are currently in a stretch where they play 12 games in 21 days and are 3-1 so far. That stretch includes four backto- back sets and eight games against opponents who are .500 or better (46-17 Boston twice, 34-32 Philadelphia, 38-28 Atlanta, 41-25 Orlando, 34-30 New York twice and 47-18 Chicago).

  • The Bucks won their third consecutive game Saturday night, defeating Philadelphia 102-74. It was the Bucks third-straight victory of 19 or more points as they are winning by an average of 22.3 points in that span. The last time the Bucks won three-straight by 19 or more points was from April 10-14, 2001: 105-84 vs. Chicago, 115-93 vs. Utah and 112-86 vs. Toronto.

  • The Bucks had a season-high 16 steals Saturday night, led by a career-high five swipes from Luc Mbah a Moute. Carlos Delfino added four steals.

  • Bucks rookie Larry Sanders had a game-high five blocks on Saturday night. He had a productive 26:29 of action, going 4-6 from the field for eight points and grabbing four rebounds to go with his blocks.

  • John Salmons had scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games but only tallied six points Saturday night. Despite the low point total, Salmons had a team-high tying (with Earl Boykins) seven assists. The Bucks are 11-5 this season when Salmons has five or more dimes.

  • The Bucks have held six of their last seven opponents under 100 points, with all six of those opponents scoring 90 points or less. Milwaukee is third in the league with 30 opponents scoring 90 points or less and is tied for second in the league with 48 opponents scoring less than 100 (Chicago leads with 50).

  • Luc Mbah a Moute (201) surpassed the 200--steal mark Saturday while Chris Douglas-Roberts played his 150th career game. He is also (193) seven assists away from 200. Brandon Jennings (220) is 10 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history. Carlos Delfino (392) is eight 3-pointers from 400 for his career and (290) 10 steals from 300. John Salmons (1,997) is three rebounds from 2,000 and (596) four steals from 600 for his career.
Jennings
Salmons
Delfino
Mbah a Moute
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Rondo
Allen
Pierce
Garnett
Krstic
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Corey Maggette Sore right knee
Day-to-Day
Ersan Ilyasova Concussion
Out
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Out
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Jermaine O'Neal Sore left knee
Out
Shaquille O'Neal Sore right leg
Out
Delonte West Sprained right ankle
Out
Glen Davis Strained patella tendon
Day-to-Day
Von Wafer Strained right calf
Out