GAMEDAY: Bucks at Nuggets - 1/2/12

Bucks at Nuggets
Lead Changes: 13
Times Tied: 5


Attendance: 14,142
Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes


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

Scott Skiles – Bucks Head Coach
We didn’t play very well. We kind of threw the ball all over the place tonight. We were back to over dribbling and kind of standing around watching each other. The first half we weren’t very good defensively, the second half we were much better. We gave ourselves a chance but we missed layups and we missed open shots, like we said we over dribbled and our teamwork that we have had wasn’t there tonight and we got beat. (End of game plays) We got a good look by [Stephen Jackson] and we tried to go into [Andrew Bogut] one more time but we came up empty on both of those. The focus shouldn’t necessarily be on those last couple of plays, we didn’t play well enough to win. (Harrington guarding Bogut in fourth quarter) We kept trying to go down there but we just didn’t get much out of it and a couple of times they helped and he made a couple of nice passes that we weren’t able to convert those either.

Luc Mbah a Moute - Bucks Forward
(Health) Definitely not 100 percent but I was able to contribute some minutes. Unfortunately we didn’t get the win so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. (Offensive struggles) I’m surprised; I don’t know what happened we were just never there. It seemed like everything we did we would miss an assignment or something would happen. I don’t know, we just can’t afford to have those lapses on the road especially right now. (Did Nuggets win game down stretch or did Bucks lose it?) I think they turned it up a little bit, but we also made some very bad decisions offensively. And defensively, we seemed to be stretched out too far and they got easy lay ups and kept getting the ball where they wanted to. They knocked down some three’s and that really got us off our game. (On chance to win late) With all that stuff we still had a chance to go up. [Stephen Jackson] had that wide open shot and if that goes down we go up one. Brandon had a good look at the end and unfortunately we made too many mental mistakes early in the game.

Andrew Bogut – Bucks Center
In all our games we are within a bucket or two at the end of the game. We are 2-2 and we got to get one tomorrow night at Utah. But we played ok tonight we know where we lost this game is parts of the third and fourth quarter. Early on, we know they are a good team at running out and cherry picking; they got guys that pick cherries all game. We weren’t prepared for that too much early on.

BACK, BACK, BACK… – The Bucks will get their first taste of the back-to-back-to-back wrinkle in the league's
condensed schedule on this week's road trip, facing two teams who will be playing their third game in as many
nights. The Nuggets host the Bucks after taking on the Lakers each of the two previous nights, while the Kings play
at Denver and at Memphis the two nights prior to Milwaukee's visit on 1/5.

– The Bucks served up a statistical rarity on Dec. 27 vs. Minnesota, posting a 98-95
win despite yielding a lopsided 45-20 advantage to the Wolves in free throw attempts. Kevin Love (19-24)
attempted more free throws than the entire Bucks roster. The game was one of just five nights in franchise history
in which Milwaukee has won despite a free throw disparity of 25 or more attempts.

ERSAN WAS ON –Ersan Ilyasova tallied just eight points over the season's first two games, but erupted for 10 in the first quarter alone to jumpstart the
Bucks win over Washington on Friday. Ilyasova was 4-for-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from three in the frame, while pulling down four boards and handing out
three assists just for good measure. He finished the game 16 points, seven boards, four assists and a steal.

PACE-ING AROUND – It's no secret that the Bucks are looking to improve offensively this season, and one way to do that is to take advantage of easy scoring
opportunities like fast break points. The Bucks ranked 30th in that category last season (10.0 per game), but have bumped that up to 15.0 per contest in the
early going this year (9th in NBA). The effort to play faster and score quicker can also be seen in the team's pace of play (# of possessions per game). The
Bucks were 25th last season (92.1), but have climbed to 7th thus far in 2011-12 (97.6).

  • Brandon Jennings has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games to open the season, matching the
    longest streak of his career. He had one such streak during his rookie season and two last year.

  • Carlos Delfino made his season debut on Friday after sitting out the first two games with a sprained right wrist.
    Delfino contributed 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 from 3) in 29 minutes off the bench.

  • The Bucks have scored 50+ points in the first half of all three games thus far.
  • Milwaukee has won five of its last six games dating back to last season.
  • A win tonight would be Milwaukee's third in a row, which would match the team's longest winning streak from
    last year. The Bucks had five three-game win streaks in 2010-11.

  • Bucks guard Darington Hobson, assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Thursday, made his D-League debut
    on Friday night. It was Hobson's first live game action in over a year after sitting out the 2010-11 season to
    recover from hip surgery.
*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Luc Mbah a Moute Rt knee tendonitis
Player Injury

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