The Bucks aim to win for the second time since Jan. 2 and complete a season sweep of the Rockets.
Weekend win. The Rockets have lost seven of nine, but they are coming off a 112-106 come-from-behind win in Atlanta on Saturday. Subs (24 points, 10 assists) and (16 points, 8 rebounds) keyed the win for Houston.
Bogut's best. Andrew Bogut had his very best game of the season as he went for 22 points, 24 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the win over Houston at home on Dec. 10. Opposing starting center Chuck Hayes simply could not handle Bogut. Which makes sense, because at 6'6", Hayes is actually shorter than the team's starting shooting guard, 6'7" Kevin Martin. Martin, coincidentally, was tough to stop, making 12-13 from the line for 23 points. Martin trails only Kevin Durant (7.8) in the NBA in free throws made per game, averaging 7.4 makes.
Bogut has been coping with a virus since not long after that Rockets game, which may or may not account for some of his offensive inconsistency over the past few weeks. I'd like to think it has, but historically we have not needed an explanation for Bogut playing inconsistent offensively -- that's just what he does. Anyway. Bogut, via Yahoo.
"I still have to take a bunch more medication and, hopefully, it's on its last legs. That's all I can hope for."
Average. Houston is five games under .500, but they are a bit better than their record suggests. They have outscored their opponents by seven points (4213-4206) overall on the season, meaning they are actually about as close to average as possible. The Blazers (3915-3908) are equally as average as the Rockets, and their record (21-20) is more representative of said averageness. The Bucks have been outscored by 70 points (3373-3443) this season. Oh, to be average.
Lots of games to win/lose. No team in the NBA has played fewer games (37) than the Bucks. The Rockets have just as many losses (23) but four more wins (18) than Milwaukee, as they have reached the mid-point of their season.
Threes Good. The Bucks aren't shooting or making a ton of threes these days. The Rockets shoot a lot of threes -- 21.0 per game ranks sixth overall. And they make a good percentage (.376) too. Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin both attempt 5.2 per game each, tied for 10th most in the NBA.
Dimes. Milwaukee totaled a season-high 28 assists in the loss to Philadelphia, as they assisted on 28 of 38 (.737) of their field goals. As noted in the recap, the slow pace of the game (86 possessions) somewhat disguised (94 points) what was actually a strong offensive performance overall by the Bucks. Unfortunately, the blatant late-game failings still stand out.
Still, the Bucks are last in the NBA in assists per game, averaging 17.8