Bogut, Bucks visit Nets
(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks try to open their season with two
straight wins, as they conclude a season-opening two-game road trip against
the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.
Last night, Michael Redd forced overtime with a three- pointer and finished
with 30 points, and Andrew Bogut was a force in his first NBA game with 13
points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks past the Philadelphia 76ers,
117-108, in the season-opener for both clubs.
Bucks guard T.J. Ford, who missed all of last season with a spinal injury,
nearly had a triple-double, as he finished with 16 points, 14 assists and nine
rebounds. Bobby Simmons poured in 22 points and had 12 rebounds for the Bucks,
who gave head coach Terry Stotts a win in his debut with the team.
Stotts, who was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors last season, took
over for Terry Porter, who was unexpectedly fired on June 22.
Bogut, the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft out of Utah, went 6-of-9
from the floor, and that included a game-sealing three-point play in overtime.
New Jersey, meanwhile, won 42 games during the 2004-05 regular season and was
eliminated by Miami in four straight games in the first round of the playoffs.
Vince Carter was acquired from Toronto last December and he fit in very well
with Jason Kidd and the rest of his new teammates. The 28-year-old Carter
averaged 27.5 points in 57 games with the Nets, while Kidd registered 14.4
points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 66 games. The acquisition of Carter
saved the Nets’ season and propelled them into the playoffs
Richard Jefferson was having an All-Star type year last season until he
suffered a wrist injury that cause him to miss the team’s final 49 games of
the regular season. Jefferson averaged 22.2 points and 7.3 boards in the 33
contests that he did play in.
Center Nenad Krstic had a strong finish to the 2004-05 campaign, and should be
a solid contributor in the 2005-06 campaign. He posted 10.0 points and 5.3
boards in 75 contests. Krstic was a pleasant surprise and proved that he has a
future in the league.
With their first round pick in the draft, the Nets selected shooting guard
Antoine Wright at No. 15. Wright was an interesting choice by New Jersey,
which still lacks a low-post threat.
Center Marc Jackson was acquired in a trade from Philadelphia, while guard
Jeff McInnis and forwards Lamond Murray and Scott Padgett were added through
free agency. The Nets also re-signed veteran Cliff Robinson.
The Nets are 13-15 all-time on Opening Night, including an 8-9 mark when
starting the season at home.
Milwaukee won two of the three meetings with the Nets last season and has won
five of the last six matchups. The Bucks, though, have dropped two of three
and five of seven in the Garden State.