Bucks-Heat: Milwaukees Flashes on Miami

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IDecember 15, 2008

Milwaukee (11-15) got a much-needed road win tonight over the Heat, 98-83.

The great thing about the win tonight was not because it was some crazy fluky shooting night, or a night where they drastically outshot their opponent at the free-throw line or the three-point line.

No, this game was won on rebounding, defense, and minimizing turnovers.

Contributions were made from the starters as well as the bench. It was an all-around great effort—on the road to boot.

Andrew Bogut again had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jon McGlocklin said something interesting tonight, that Bogut is right where he should be. You know what? I really agree with that. Maybe saying he is a 20 and 10 guy is too much, or that shooting 10 for 12 is where he should be. He was a number-one pick, though, and being a guy who gets 18-16 points a game and 10 rebounds shouldn't be too much to ask.

On the other hand, Charlie Villanueva has been a complete beast off the bench. It is a role he really seems to be coveting this year. Once again he was a catalyst from the pine by scoring 20 points and adding six rebounds and five assists. If you frequent my Bucks writeups, you know how much of a homer I am for bench play. Ultimately, this is my thought process was tonight in deciding TBC's player of the game.

Milwaukee's leading scorer tonight was again Michael Redd who also contributed five assists with zero turnovers. Jefferson added 14 points.


Miami star guard and Marquette legend Dwyane Wade was held to one of his worst games of the year, amassing only 15 points and four turnovers. Rookie Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 20 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.

The Bucks will look to get on a winning streak when take on the Sixers (10-14) in Philadelphia on Wednesday at 6:00 pm. The game will be on FSN again.

In NBA-related news, former coach of the Deering High Tornadoes from the TV show Hang Time, Reggie Theus was canned today from the Sacramento Kings gig. Who didn't see this coming? Just check out the link, and be sure to watch the opening scene as well where Reggie gives an outstanding pep talk.

The show was a Saturday morning show a la Saved By The Bell, that stole Saved By The Bell plots, had Anthony Anderson as a basketball player on a team that was led by a girl—not to mention the court featured seven-foot baskets. The red herring in all this was that Theus was replaced on the show by Dick Butkus. Yikes!

TBC's Buck of the Game: Charlie Villanueva - Explained above.