It was a weekend of one up, one down for Luc Richard and the Milwaukee Bucks, who routed the T-Wolves, 127-94, on Saturday after a tough 101-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks led by as much as 15 in the first half, and 10 at the midway point, but it was a huge fourth quarter in which they outscored the Wolves by 15 that put the game away for the home team.
No. 12 registered three boards and a huge block on Minnesota’s Kevin Love.
Head coach Scott Skiles finally found the consistency that he was looking for Saturday night. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“We played a very unselfish game like we normally we do, and we were able to carry it through the whole game. We’ve had quarters and halves similar to this but, for whatever reason, not been able to carry it through, and tonight we did.”
FOUR’S THE CHARM
Carlos Delfino saw the starting lineup for the third game in a row on Saturday after coming off the bench since Dec. 28. Carlos started the team’s first 27 games before Skiles decided to restructure the starting five.
Delfino’s addition to the starting five moves Ersan Ilyasova to the bench for now, and keeps Luc Richard’s defensive abilities in the game. Some players will be coming off the bench, but it won’t be Luc Richard says Skiles. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“We’re starting Mbah a Moute at the 4 now. When you’re searching like we are to find consistency, sometimes a guy gets left out.”
The Bucks get a big test this Tuesday when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas, who were No. 3 in the same ranking. Tip-off is 7:30 CST and can be seen on FSN- Wisconsin.
Bucks vs. Timberwolves (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2010)
Delfino leads charge (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2010)