Recap: Pistons 113, Bucks 104

Box Score / Recap

Yes, the Bucks lost another preseason game--it seems to be quickly becoming a staple of the Scott Skiles era--but who cares?  Andrew Bogut (see video above) looked pretty good in one quarter of action with nine points and four boards, while Michael Redd shot poorly but dished out five assists in about 20 minutes of action.  Most importantly: they're still healthy (unless I missed something).

Box score-wise, the most interesting night came from the Bucks' most interesting player.  Brandon Jennings continues to show he's not afraid to look for his shot, scoring 18 points (5/11 fg, 2/5 threes, 6/10 ft) to go with four boards, six assists, six steals and five turnovers in 20 minutes.  The turnovers are a concern, but I love to see double figure free throw attempts and that kind of stat-stuffing.  Besides, if you're going to get six steals you can afford to turn it over a few times.  But after the game Scott Skiles pinpointed Jennings' defense as his main  issue on the night:

“He needs floor experience. He made some great plays and he made some plays that show he has a lot to learn.  That’s understandable for his second NBA game. The issue he has right now he is keeping people in front of him—Bynum was going right by him.”

Scott Skiles reprised his starting lineup from Sunday, and this time around Ersan Ilyasova had more success offensively with 14 points on six shots.  But curiously he has yet to grab a rebound (to go with 10 fouls) in 36 minutes this preseason.  Given his strong rebounding in Spain I'll assume this is just a short-term anomaly, but it's still odd.  Hakim Warrick dropped in 12/6 to continue to apply some pressure for the starting PF spot.  Strangely, Carlos Delfino and Austin Daye were both ejected in the game's final minute; per the gang at Detroit Bad Boys, Daye apparently took a swing at Delfino following a hard foul (I haven't seen video of it yet).

As for the actual game, the Bucks led early while the first unit was playing, but let it slip away in the third quarter (28-16).  Detroit went small in the second half with Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum and Ben Gordon doing most of the damage.  Tons of fouls as usual, but the Bucks were "only" outshot 46-40 at the line this time around, and the teams were even with 34 fouls apiece.  Another poor night on the boards (46-34), but not surprising given the Bucks were outshot badly (33/76 for 43% compared to Detroit's 38/68 for 56%).

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