As soon as I saw that Allen Iverson had manned up and apologized to his team and coaches, I knew he would play at some point in Detroit's game against the Bucks.
Sure enough, out he trotted late in the first quarter. Until that point, Rodney Stuckey, his more than competent backup, was taking the Bucks (7-11) to the proverbial woodshed. Once Iverson walked on to the court, the Bucks could no longer keep up with the 10-5 Pistons who went on to win 107-97.
Jefferson collected his staple 20 points, while Danny G. pitched in a solid double-double effort with 10, 12, and three blocks. Although his field-goal percentage was an abomination, he did end up with five offensive rebounds, a stat that the Bucks have been among the best in all year.
Once again Session and CV brought double figure scoring off the bench which is encouraging to see.
It is always going to be tough to win against one of the East's top teams when arguably your two most important players were hurt. Bogut sat out with a bruised knee and Redd was still out with the most severely sprained ankle in the history of man.
The Bucks will try to get back on track tonight against Cleveland (13-3) at 8 PM on FSN. It's a pretty tall order but a big win at home could go long way.
By the way, the Bucks are running a RED'D' OUT promotion tonight. The Bucks encourage all Bucks fans to sport red'd' tonight, and the Bucks will be wearing their red'd' jerseys.
Is this Michael Redd's coming out party, will he play? Doubtful, but it could be a Red'd' Alert for the Bucks if they fall five game under .500...here all night folks. (Maybe the single worst paragraph in TBC's short history?)
Stats spreadsheet courtesy of YAHOO!
TBC's Buck of the Game: Dan Gadzuric - The big fella for playing well while Bogut was out with a knee.
(AP photo by Duane Burleson)