Bucks-Kings: Redd, Milwaukee Won't Bow to Sacramento

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2009

I've had a love/hate relationship with Michael Redd for as long as he's been a member of the Bucks.

At first, I thought he was a good option for Ray Allen. Then he became an interesting trade chip, then an overpaid three-point specialist, and finally, he "won" a gold medal. But on games like Friday night, Redd showed that he can sometimes be what I never thought he could be—a leader.

Redd paved the with way with 44 points for the Bucks in their 129-122 victory over the Sacramento Kings. The victory was Milwaukee’s first win at ARCO Arena in five years. His scoring outburst put the Bucks ahead a comfortable 20 points at halftime, but this is the NBA—no lead is ever safe, so naturally the Kings would rally and comeback.

While it was Charlie Villanueva's soft defense that allowed the Kings to come back, he made up for it on the offensive end of the court. Villanueva contributed with 25 points, including many key bucks down the stretch. If you take a closer look at the box score, you will find that he also pulled down 12 boards. Luke Ridnour had a double double as well.

The win kept the Bucks win,lose, win, lose pattern in tact, making this the twelfth straight game the Bucks result has been the opposite of what it was the game before.

Does that mean they will lose tonight to the Clippers when they face off tonight at 9:30 p.m.?

Probably, but here's hoping otherwise.