After a measly 4 point showing in the Bucks last loss, Jennings showed up with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals in tonights 105-96 victory against the 76ers. These statistics lead the Bucks to their first victory in Philly since 2010. The Bucks improve their record to 4-2, looking to keep their record over the .500 mark for as long as possible.
This win lands the Bucks in first place, tied with the Bulls at 4-2, in the Central Division. It wasn’t the prettiest display of basketball ever, but the Bucks landed the victory. This game featured a whopping 38 turnovers, 23 of which coming from the Bucks. Despite the turnovers, a win is a win, and the Bucks certainly aren’t going to argue about that.
This win gives the Bucks a start of 3-0 on the road which is a feat that was last accomplished by the team in the 2001-02 campaign. Among others for the Bucks were Monta Ellis with 18 points and Dunleavy with 13 points. Sanders ended his season long 10+ ppg streak with only 2 points but 9 rebounds. Well done Bucks, well done.
This video right here is an example of what being a teammate is all about.
With 28 seconds left in last nights game, the bucks being up by 9 points, Monta Ellis pick pockets the ball from Beal and heads down the court. As he goes up for the lay-up, he gets hit in side by Beal, and hit even harder on the other side from Trevor Booker. Right after the foul, both players bend down to get Ellis a lift, but Jennings pushes Beal to the floor, clearly offended by the foul. This whole situation seemed odd, so let’s break it down, shall we?
1. Ellis had a great steal from Beal, and he headed down the court to make a inconsequential layup. Nothin’ fancy. It’s understandable that Beal would be agitated that he got the ball stolen from him, so good props that he hustled back. However, those 2 points would not have mattered at all. The fact that Beal and Booker decided to foul him hard was quite ridiculous.
2. Immediately after the hit, Beal and Booker went to pick up Ellis. A nice gesture, but why foul him at all, and so hard, just to pick him back up right away. It’s kind of like punching someone in the face for no reason, and then saying sorry and expecting not to get hit back. How’s that for an analogy?
3. The push can be viewed as necessary or unnecessary, however you want to view it. In my opinion, Booker looked like he hit Ellis harder than Beal did, but Jennings went after Beal and the rookie also recieved a flagrant two. I guess my eyes are wrong. You should not push a guy when his back is turned, but nobody is going to tap a guy on the shoulder and wait for him to turn around and then push him.
4. Booker got in the way of Jennings and there were no swings in the altercation. However, I have no idea why Jennings had to pull his shorts up. Must be a Compton thing.
Jennings said, “I was just trying to protect my teammate…”. Eliis agreed with that statement saying that, “That’s what a teammate is supposed to do…”.
At the end of the night, the Bucks victory lead them to a 3-1 record while the Wizards drop to 0-4. Nothing better than a good scuffle from time to time.
The BMOH Bradley center was a-rockin’ during the season opener. I went to the game with my family, and let me tell you, it was an amazing atmosphere. The scene could almost be comparable to that of the 2010 playoffs, in which the Bradley Center had the pleasure of hosting 3 games until the bucks were eliminated in game 7.
Sector 7 was a main source of the fan excitement on Saturday night. If you aren’t aware, Sector 7 is the cheering section sponsored by Bucks PF, Ersan Ilyasova, who pays for tickets for the crazy fans who audition to be in that section. Yes, I did say audition. It used to be called Squad 6, as it was sponsored by Andrew Bogut, but Bogut is gone and Ilyasova took it over. It’s a great concept, really, and the BMOH Bradley center definitely could use the energy.
I personally would like to see 2 or 3 more sections added and maybe some cheering battles take place. The more energy, the better, right? A prime example of why this section is a great idea, is that of when Bucks second year player, Larry Sanders, got fouled out of the season opener. He looked directly at Sector 7 and started pumping the crowd up. The players really get the crowd going, and when the crowd is going, the players are going. There’s nothing better than a ton of positive energy in one building to really will the home team to win.
The Young Bucks
The rest of the NBA needs to lookout, because the Bucks are going full steam ahead into this 2012 campaign. Leading the team is the well-known point guard, Brandon Jennings. He was coined with the nickname just a few years ago by radio announcer Ted Davis. This year, however, there are a few young bucks to watch out for.
Tobias Harris and John Henson had great showings in summer league this year as they both made it onto the some-what, but not really, prestiguous Summer League all-star team. Harris averaged 20.8 ppg and Henson averaged 18.3 ppg during the summer leage. Although Doron Lamb did not make the all-star team, he also had a good showing with 14 ppg. You can say what you want about the Bucks as a team, but you cannot deny the fact that they have some young, promising talent.
Let’s not forget about the crazy, free swinging arms of Larry Sanders. Although he got fouled out on Saturday in the Bucks’ 105-102 victory over the Cavaliers, he ended up with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks off the bench. The Bucks have one goal this year; to make the playoffs. Bucks’ fans all believe in their team, even though they are used to disappointment. The Young Bucks are here for a takeover. The term fawn, is no more.
This man right here, Brandon Jennings, has found the determination he needed to find. In his fourth year in the league, he seems to have found what it takes to be a big factor in the league. A lot is being said about the Young Buck even though it is only 2 games into the season. In these 2 games, Jennings has averaged 17 points, 13 assists, and 4 steals per game, the last two being the league lead. With these stats and the game winner he miraculously put in on Saturday night, he earned the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award for the first time since 2009, when he dropped an outstanding 55 points against Golden State. However, this is not going to be the Jennings’ show this year. In just the second game of the year, Dunleavy went 10-12 shooting with 29 points. The bench players are definitely showing what they’ve got early in the year, being one of the deepest teams in the league so far with 48.5 points off the bench per game. Oh, and by the way, the Bucks are 4th in the power rankings. Chew on that.
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