Game 53: Bucks/Pistons

2009/2010 NBA Season

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19-34 (13-15 home)
vs.
24-28 (8-19 road)
February 19, 2010
The Palace
7:00 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Rodney Stuckey
PG Brandon Jennings
Richard Hamilton
SG Charlie Bell
Tayshaun Prince
SF Carlos Delfino
Jonas Jerebko
PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Ben Wallace
C Andrew Bogut

(25th) 103.6 - OFFENSE - 104.0 (23rd)
(21st) 109.0 - DEFENSE - 104.3 (9th)
(29th) 88.5 - PACE - 93.0 (14th)


Linkage:

Detroit Bad Boys / Piston Powered / Need4Sheed

Old & New
John Hammond was plenty busy the past few days, swinging a couple deals that netted the Bucks a new starting shooting guard and three second round picks.  His old friend Joe Dumars may have been working the phones just as hard, but in the end the Pistons are no different than they were a week ago when they snapped the Bucks' seven game home win streak.

Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince were both rumored to be on their way out of Motown over the past months, but at least Hamilton didn't seem too bothered by it--he dropped 36 points on 18 shots in the Pistons' 116-91 loss in Orlando on Wednesday.  The Bucks suffered a similarly huge defeat two days ago, but the 127-99 thrashing they suffered was far less excusable given it was at home and against the solid-but-hardly-great Rockets.

JS: Bucks find help for playoff run
John Salmons wasn't at practice yesterday but he was with the Bucks for their morning shootaround today and may be in the starting lineup tonight in Detroit [Update: he'll play but won't start]. So, Scott Skiles, this is the guy who's going to put us over the top, right???

"I don't think there's anything spectacular about his game," Skiles said of Salmons, who had played in 51 games with Chicago this season. "He shoots the ball well and shoots it well from three.

"He can post up a little bit. There are a lot of different things he can do. He's a guy with size as well. The last two years we've been playing with a lot of small guards. And he's shown the ability to play the 2 (shooting guard) and the 3 (small forward)."

Scott Skiles: not a marketing guy.  Still, we appreciate the honesty, because let's be realistic, Salmons is mostly just an incremental improvement for a team that's been playing the greater-than-the-sum-of-their-parts angle most of the season.  The biggest concern now is whether the Bucks can parlay their solid run up to the all-star break into a credible drive for the playoffs. Can this team stay healthy and play .500 ball for an extended period?  The clunkers against Detroit and Houston in the last week weren't exactly promising on that front, and we all know the Bucks' penchant for miserable stretch runs.   But you gotta start somewhere.

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