Milwaukee Bucks Breakdown: Frenetic Defense Fuels Wins

November 12th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
After dealing away Richard Jefferson, and letting go of Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions, the Milwaukee Bucks appear to have one of the least talented rosters in basketball. Throw in the fact that Andrew Bogut is recovering from back surgery, and Michael Redd has been out, and the Bucks have the makings of a bottom-feeding basketball team.

Yet after trouncing the listless Knicks 102-87 in a game that was over at halftime, the Bucks stand with a record of 3-2.

Are they that good? Or are the Knicks just that bad?

Let’s examine how the Bucks are prevailing.


Despite having a reputation as a grind-it-out halfcourt offense, Milwaukee looked to push the tempo, and exploit the Knicks’ porous transition defense.

When Milwaukee slowed down, they looked to post up Andrew Bogut, run various cross-screens, down-screens, and dive cuts away from the ball before allowing Bogut to go one-on-one.

Wing screens and drive-and-kicks were also parts of Milwaukee’s arsenal.

Brandon Jennings is Milwaukee’s high-prized rookie sensation, and he showed a lot of potential—7-16 FG, 0-2 3FG, four REB, three AST, ...

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