GAMEDAY: Milwaukee at Phoenix - 1/8/12

Bucks at Suns
Lead Changes: 1
Times Tied: 1


Attendance: 13,420
Duration: 1 hour and 58 minutes


1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Scott Skiles – Head Coach

“We had the younger guys in the game, the bench was in the game for the most part and then we came back with the starters and it went right back to 10 (points), and we kind of played uphill the rest of the way. I mean, at some point you’ve got to go back to the starters anyway; you can’t overplay some of those guys that haven’t played very much. Our starters versus their starters, we could never gain traction.”

Brandon Jennings – Point Guard (5 points, 4 assists)

“It’s very disappointing. The fact that we go 0-5 on the west coast road trip, but the thing about it is we have more games. We have a chance to go home and try to get our record back up and try to make some noise.”

“It’s been tough without having everybody, just in general. Beno (Udrih) is out, Luc (Mbah a Moute), so me playing a lot of minutes, it can really get to you.”

Drew Gooden – Center (8 points, 6 rebounds)

“I think they just put on an offensive clinic tonight. We couldn’t answer any of the outside shots they made, we contested it. Steve Nash was incredible in the first half and we just couldn’t fight back.”

 “It is (very disappointing). To go winless on a road trip is always a disappointment, but we have to figure out ways to bounce back.”

MISSING THE MONEY BALL – The Bucks have now held four consecutive opponents under 25.0% from behind the
three-point line, marking just the second time in the last decade Milwaukee has been that stingy in its three-point
defense over four straight games. Bucks opponents have shot a combined 15-for-72 (.208) from deep over the
first four games of the current road trip. Should the streak extend to five games tonight, it would be Milwaukee's
longest since a five-game run in January of 2001.

NOTHING FOR FREE – The Bucks posted season highs in both free throws made (22) and attempted (27) last
night against the Clippers, but the trend of Bucks opponents having the upper hand at the stripe continues.
Milwaukee has seen all four opponents on the current road trip hold the edge in free throw attempts, including a
lopsided 27-11 disparity in Denver to start the trip. Over the last four games Milwaukee opponents are getting to
the line an average of 31.3 times per game, compared to 18.8 for the Bucks.

MEDIC! – After a relatively healthy start to the season, the Bucks have seen their ranks depleted on this current
five-game road trip, with Andrew Bogut, Mike Dunleavy, Luc Mbah a Moute and Beno Udrih all missing time for a
variety of reasons. The result has been additional pressure on the starting five to play big minutes. Milwaukee had
one of the most productive benches early in the season, averaging 32.7 ppg over the first three games, but that
numbered has dipped 23.0 ppg over the last four. Brandon Jennings has also seen his minutes rise to over 42:13
per game on the current trip after averaging just 35:48 in three games to start the season.

STAT STUFFING – Brandon Jennings produced a unique stat line in Sacramento on Thursday, finishing with 31 points, seven assists and a career-high-tying
five steals. He became the first Bucks player in over a decade to amass 30+ points, 5+ assists and 5+ steals in a game, and joins an elite group of players
around the league to produce such a game in the last year.

  • Bucks rookies Tobias Harris and Darington Hobson both made their NBA debuts last night against the
    Clippers. Harris tallied four points in nine minutes, while Hobson was scoreless in just two minutes of action.

  • Milwaukee has either been leading or tied at halftime in six of seven games this season.
  • Drew Gooden is averaging 20.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a starter this season, with doubledoubles
    in two of his three starts.

  • The Bucks continue to rank among the elite defensive teams in the league, including top-8 marks in fewest
    points allowed (91.9, 8th), opponent FG% (.416, 4th) and opponent 3P% (.260, 2nd). The Bucks are also third in
    the league in forcing turnovers (18.4).

  • Brandon Jennings matched his career high with five steals Thursday night in Sacramento. Jennings had
    recorded five thefts twice previously (4/9/10 at Philadelphia and 4/13/11 at Oklahoma City).

  • Jennings' 31 points against the Kings on Thursday marked the first 30-point effort by a Bucks player this
    season. The Bucks had nine 30-point games last year (four by Jennings).
*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Jon Brockman Left eye contusion
Luc Mbah a Moute Right knee contusion
Beno Udrih Left shoulder contusion
Mike Dunleavy Groin pain
Andrew Bogut Personal reasons
Player Injury

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