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Game 29: Bucks/Bobcats

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2009/2010 NBA Season


11-17 (10-4 home)
12-16 (3-9 road)
December 28, 2009
Time Warner Cable Arena
6:00 PM
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FS Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Raymond Felton
PG Brandon Jennings
Stephen Jackson
SG Michael Redd
Gerald Wallace
SF Carlos Delfino
Boris Diaw
PF Ersan Ilyasova
Nazr Mohammed
C Andrew Bogut

(27th) 99.2 - OFFENSE - 102.9 (25th)
(3rd) 100.4 - DEFENSE - 103.3 (7th)
(27th) 90.9 - PACE - 94.4 (10th)


Rufus on Fire / Queen City Hoops


Weird: The Bobcats have the lowest paid attendance in the NBA this season, and yet they have the biggest (relative) home court advantage in the NBA. They have turned Time Warner Cable Arena (really?) into quite a home palace, sporting 10 wins in 14 tries in Charlotte. The Bobs already boast home wins this season against the Hawks, Cavaliers, and Nuggets, with a .714 overall win percentage at home. Compare that to their impossibly bad 1-13 (.076) away record, and you have the most striking home/road split in the league.

So it should be no surprise that the Bucks defeated the Bobcats once this season, back when Brandon Jennings was taking over this NBA thing, back when they were a force at the Bradley Center. This one will be a bit different. Because while the Bucks have dropped four straight at home, they are still iffier (yes, iffier) on the road.

JS: Meeks steps it up
If we can be sure of anything regarding Skiles' rotations, it's that we can't be sure of anything regarding Skiles' rotations. After scoring 14 points in all of December prior to Saturday night, Jodie Meeks earned the third most minutes (28) on the team against the Spurs and scored 15 points.

"He's improved on the ball and off the ball," Skiles said of the former Kentucky player's defense. "He's been a good rebounder and he's not afraid to go up in traffic.

"He's coming along, he really is. He seems a little more poised than he was earlier in the year. He's put in a lot of hard work and it's starting to pay off for him."

It sounds an awful lot like Meeks will get some run again tonight, but how much will likely be dictated on how he plays against Charlotte, not based on how well he played against San Antonio.

Recall that Roko Ukic scored 17 points against the Raptors a couple weeks ago, played five minutes the next game against Portland, and has yet to play again since. Charlie Bell went from consistent starter and 40+ minute guy to DNP-CD within a week in the first week of December. Jennings only got 15 minutes after a bad start against the Wizards, and Luc Mbah a Moute was held out of the entire first half against the Spurs after getting 33 minutes the previous game.

At least they are still winning at something: The Bucks lead the NBA in drawing charges, with 3.5 per game. Charlotte is seventh with 2.4.

Young Buck.
Brandon Jennings is coming off two straight games in which he attempted fewer than 10 field goals -- after hoisting up double digits in each and every one of his first 26 NBA games.

Well, he was pulled early after a blasé start against Washington, shooting 3-9 in 15 minutes. Jennings was rather passive again on Saturday versus San Antonio, setting a new low in shot attempt by going 3-8 in 29 minutes. He hasn't shot well or topped 20 points since the win over Toronto a few weeks ago.

Regardless. As noted above, Jennings was great the first time around against the Bobcats (29/7/4), and it's nigh time for some more of that.