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Milwaukee Bucks Season Opener: Signs of a Shortened Season Turning Long

 

 

Somewhere in the top five sports interview clichés you will find: We need to play hard for (insert number of minutes in the game.) Over the past couple seasons the Milwaukee Bucks have missed this one. If their opener against the Charlotte Bobcats was any indication, nothing has changed. A look at some highs and lows from Monday’s 96-95 Bucks loss:

HIGH: Shaun Livingston

It has been a long time since the Bucks have had a guard able to post up their opponents. Livingston scored 14 points to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Anyone else excited to see Livingston with Brandon Jennings on the floor at the same time?

LOW: Stephen Jackson

There were several pros and cons in acquiring Jackson. Maybe the biggest being losing Corey Maggette, but lets not digress. The risk (or con) with Jackson is his emotion and whether he can keep this in check. Right now the odds are not looking good as Jackson, who found himself in foul trouble most of the game, also lost his cool. After one game that’s 100% for those keeping track.

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HIGH: Brandon Jennings

The 22 points are nice, but the clutch back-to-back threes in the fourth is what they will need from their go-to-point guard.

LOW: The 3rd Quarter

After a dominating first half (an 11 point lead) the Bucks gave it all back and some in the 3rd quarter. The lack of intensity and urgency was evident and should provide video footage titled EMBARRASSMENT for both the players and coaching staff.

The good news is that the Jackson and Gooden issue can be resolved. The question is whether the Bucks will be able to play hard for forty-eight minutes, like they promise in their interviews.

 


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By: David. S. Grant
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
David S. Grant is the author of several books. His latest novel, “BLOOD: The New Red” is now available. For more information go to http://www.silverthought.com/blood/ Follow David on Twitter: @david_s_grant


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