Dave Johnson: Bucks Stop Wizards Again

Dave Johnson: Bucks Stop Wizards Again
March 6, 2010, 2:26 am
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Friday, March 5, 2010 9:24pm

By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.com Washington---As a player in the NBA Scott Skiles was a determined hard-nosed defender. Skiles is now the head coach of Milwaukee, and his influence again was on display as the Bucks for the second consecutive game shut down the Washington Wizards in a 102-74 win. The Bucks did not allow the Wizards offense a chance. Like they did in their win on Wednesday, the Bucks put heavy pressure on the Wizards guards and the result was an offense lacking in flow and execution. As a team the Wizards only had ten assists. The Bucks had 11-assists in the first quarter and finished with 27 for the game. The Wizards were also held to 37 percent shooting from the field and were outscored in the paint 44-28. Milwaukee plays just like us but they have been playing together for a longer period of time, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. We are still trying to work on our execution. We have to stick to playing in our system because sometimes players try to do too much and it hurts us sometimes. In zeal to make things happen Andray Blatche did not shoot well, only five of sixteen from the field, but still led the Wizards in scoring with 13-points along with JaVale McGee. Blatche did better with being double-teamed and had three assists and only one turnover, while McGee played through a lopsided game with great energy and also had 11-rebounds and four blocked shots. Andrew Bogut and Carlos Delfino each had 19-points to lead the Bucks in scoring. Bogut also had 10 rebounds and helped the Bucks to a 51-42 advantage on the boards. Bogut also had five blocked shots including in the fourth quarter to help cancel out any possible Wizards comeback attempt. In addition Bogut and the Bucks forwards were effective in running the floor and presented a challenge in transition where the Bucks had a 20-1 domination in fast-break points on the Wizards. The Wizards got in trouble early and there never was a real senses they would be able to find their way back against the Bucks.In the first quarter the Bucks used a 13-0 run in which they made nine consecutive shots to open up a 22-11 lead with 4:12 remaining. Eighteen of the Bucks first twenty four points were in the paint and then they tighten their defense in the second quarter to further push away from the Wizards. By half-time the Wizards only had three turnovers but they missed 21 of their last 26 shots and were down 51-36. We have to bring energy. Thats what was disappointing tonight because we have been playing hard, noted Wizards guard Mike Miller. Tonight they outworked us. When were undermanned like we are we have to move the ball and play together. In order for us to be good we have to share the ball and play hard. While sharing the ball the Wizards are hoping to find more options. Miller, who is shooting above 50 percent on the season, only took six shots to score six points, while Al Thornton continued to struggle with just six points on two of four shooting from the field. He has been very sore, Saunders said of Thornton. He is just hurt and hes not use to playing the minutes that hes playing right now. When Josh (Howard) went down all of a sudden he had to step up and work a little more. I think that has taken a toll on him. The Wizards could also use a spark off the bench. Earl Boykins did have 12 points, but Nick Young only had two points. In the last six games Young is eight of twenty six shooting from the field. Its not that, were just having tough games, and some shots arent falling, Blatche added. Were just not playing with the same fight and chemistry, and we need to get back to that. We need to have that same hunger inside of us.