You would think with no Bogut and an abundance center of minutes going to Elson and Gadzuric would spell disaster. You would think that coupled with going against Yao Ming it would be near cataclysmic. You would think with no Redd, the Bucks would not be able to score enough points to break 100 much less win a game. You would think a playoff bound upper-echelon western conference team would have no problem with a depleted bottom feeding eastern conference team (ha, I love the hyperbole in this statement). You would think that the Rockets would have the upper hand with a win streak dating back to 2004.
You would think...I know I did. Milwaukee did the opposite however, and won 124-112 in a game where they thoroughly dominated Houston.
While I try to refrain from getting really excited again (it's hard not to be after a win like this), it was a level of teamwork, offensive movement and great defense we have really only seen once or twice this season. I mention great defense because up until the fourth quarter, and really towards the very end, the Rockets had been held to right around 40% shooting.
The Bucks on the other hand shot 52%. Yao only had seven points in 18 minutes, and McGrady had three points. Milwaukee native Carl Landry spent his night at the free-throw line hitting 10-11, scoring 16.
Ramon Sessions led the way with 26 for the Bucks and CV and RJ added 25 while Bell and Bogans provided 21 and 13 respectively from the bench. New guy, Eddie Gill, showed some good passing skills amassing four assists and two points in 7+ minutes. I was impressed with one exchange where Gill hit Bogans on a back door, with a behind the back pass which led to a lay up.
Apparently Bogut's injury is unusual according to this Yahoo Team Report. Does this mean he is still growing? I really don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing. I'll lean more to bad thing.
I really don't know what the win tonight says in the bigger picture for this season. Maybe Milwaukee continues to play with as much energy as they have shown in the last few games. Maybe it was just a fluke of one team catching a road team that is in a little bit of a slump, by surprise. I know I'll watch no matter what, but hopefully this kind of win gets some on-the-fence fans on board to still support this team.
What I know for sure is that the win moves Milwaukee back into a tie for the eighth seed as it goes into its match-up at home against the Pacers Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Hopefully Milwaukee keeps it rolling. You would think this kind of win against that kind of team would give a young group of guys a lot of confidence...you would think it would anyway.
TBC Buck of the Game: Ramon Sessions - 26 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. 10-12 from the line and 8-12 from the field.
(AP photo By Morry "The Man" Gash)
It should be known that I stole the phrase "Rocket-Busters" from some Fond du Lac Cardinal t-shirts, soccer I think, which refer to the highschool sports rival Neenah Rockets. It's a shameless plug, Fox Valley Association BABY!