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NBA Blog Previews: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are great at getting stops.  If only that was all there was to the game.

2011 Milwaukee Bucks Preview: Lockout Edition - Brew Hoop

One thing we can be sure of: the Bucks are a great team until you give them a basketball. After ranking second in defensive efficiency in 09/10, Scott Skiles' bunch once again made a living on the defensive end, ranking fourth in overall efficiency and top ten in three of the four defensive factors (eFG% allowed, turnover rate and defensive rebound rate). It all starts with the presence of Bogut, who somehow managed to further step up his defense less than a year after suffering a gruesome arm injury that severely hampered him on the offensive end. Bogut was once again a beast on the boards, led the league in shot-blocking and allowed a meager 0.60 points per defensive play in isolation (via Synergy), which made his snubbing in the all-defensive team voting all the more baffling. He's complemented by Mbah a Moute's ability to defend the other four positions as necessary, though it'd also be inaccurate to characterize the Bucks' defense as something other than a team effort. 

Unfortunately, the Bucks' standout defensive efforts were more than offset by a 30th-ranked offense that finished dead last in finishing around the hoop and never found its rhythm from the perimeter either.

Sounds like a whole team of Tony Allens.  (shudder)

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