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2010/2011 NBA Season


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26-39 (9-23 road) vs. 38-28 (19-12 home)
March 15, 2011
Philips Arena
6:00 PM
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings
PG Jeff Teague
John Salmons
SG Kirk Hinrich
Carlos Delfino SF Joe Johnson
Luc Mbah a Moute PF Josh Smith
Andrew Bogut
C Al Horford

(30th) 100.9 - OFFENSE -  106.2 (20th)
(3rd) 102.0 - DEFENSE - 106.0 (13th)
(24th) 90.0  - PACE -  89.5 (27th)

On the Hawks:

Peachtree Hoops / Hoopinion / Hawks Str8Talk / Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Bucks look to move on from their franchise-worst 56 point effort in Boston when they head to Atlanta for the first time since their January 11 game was surprisingly snowed out.

JS: Bucks sleepwalk their way to historically bad loss
I already had to write a recap of the damn game, so you'll forgive me if I'm not too excited to deconstruct the Bucks' 56-point catastrophe again. Andrew Bogut, you want to handle this one?  

"It's a funny league," said Bucks center Andrew Bogut. "Philly beats Boston, we blow out Philly and Boston blows us out. It's just the way the league is.

"We just didn't come out tonight and have good cohesiveness offensively.

"They just keep us to one side of the floor. Our pick-and-rolls didn't work too well against them. When we come off a pick-and-roll we're going toward halfcourt instead of trying to get to the basket.

"I've got to do a better job of being aggressive in the post. Everybody's got to do a better job of getting to the basket and making an aggressive move."

You can also watch video of Bogut's comments over at FS-Wisconsin.

Captain Kirk. It's easy to forget that Kirk Hinrich was once among the league's bright young PGs, and you can argue Scott Skiles had a fair bit to do with it. Both started in Chicago in 03/04, and Hinrich's career took a notable turn for the worse when Skiles was fired in 07/08. Having been the veteran caddy for first Derrick Rose and more recently John Wall, Hinrich is now back in the once-familiar position of starting for a playoff team, though he's slid over to off guard next to sophomore Jeff Teague. Hinrich is shooting an excellent 47% from the field and 54% from three since moving to Atlanta eight games ago, though his 9.8 ppg and 2.3 apg would also represent career-lows.

Teague of their Own. Meanwhile, Teague played a season-high 44 minutes and scored a career-best-tying 24 points in Atlanta's 91-82 win over the Blazers on Saturday, including a preposterous seven points in the final 13 seconds of the first quarter. In his second year he's upped his three point percentage from 22% to a vaguely respectable 33%, though his finishing around the hoop has fallen from 55% to just 49%--a bit surprising for a guy known to dunk all over dudes in college. 

Dwyer: Bucks break records in Boston
One final take on the night that no Bucks fan will care to remember. 

Pelton: 8th seed could be worst in a long time
Kevin Pelton discusses the struggles going on at the bottom of the East playoff pack. 

Whoever claims the eighth and final spot in the East is likely to post the worst record by a playoff team in some time. The Pacers and Bobcats are on pace for 35 wins, which would match the 1995-96 Boston Celtics for the fewest full-season wins by a playoff team since 1988. The 1952-53 Baltimore Bullets made the playoffs with a 16-54 record in an early NBA in which four of the five teams in the East reached the postseason.

JS: Gooden's goal is to return this season
There's been a fair bit of curiosity around Michael Redd's potential return a week from now, but far less interest in Drew Gooden targeting his return from plantar fasciitis on March 23. With no hint of Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) returning anytime soon, count me among those who think Gooden's return will provide some useful depth up front--provided of course that he's not just limping around shooting jump shots.  

"I am for sure going to be back this season," Gooden said. "I'm just trying to work my way where I'm healthy and I can play and I'm pain-free.

"I still haven't been running on 100% of my body weight. I get a week next week to practice with the team, and after that, contact and game time."

Woelfel: Maggette steps up big in crisis
Donald Sterling is rightfully considered the scrooge of the NBA, so (sadly) there was nothing terribly surprising about seeing the headline "Clippers wouldn't pay for cancer surgery for assistant coach" all over Twitter today. But to me the better story--and the one Gery Woelfel focuses on--is what happened to former Clippers assistant and interim head coach Kim Hughes after insurance declined to cover his surgery in 2004. While most will probably focus on the Sterling-bashing angle of this story, we shouldn't lose sight of what Corey Maggette, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, and Marko Jaric did about it. 

"Those guys saved my life," Hughes said. "They paid the whole medical bill. It was like $70,000 or more. It wasn't cheap.

"It showed you what classy people they are. They didn't want me talking about it; they didn't want the recognition because they simply felt it was the right thing to do."