It’s open season on Bucks
(Sports Network) – Milwaukee is lucky its not riding a four-game losing streak
after scraping by Philadelphia in its previous game on Wednesday.
Trailing the entire game until minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bucks were
able to top the Sixers, 98-94, at the Bradley Center. It was just their second
win over the last nine games for the Bucks, who ended a three-game slide.
Milwaukee will shoot for back-to-back wins for the first time this season on
Saturday against Boston, and swept a three-game series from the Celtics last
season. The Bucks have defeated Boston in seven of their last eight meetings.
On Wednesday the Bucks stopped Philadelphia, 98-94, thanks to a new zone
defense and leading scorer Michael Redd, who finished with 32 points and
connected on 12-of-15 free throws. Redd leads the Bucks in scoring with 29.7
points a game and has led the team in scoring in all but two games this
In injury news, Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva is still hampered with a torn
left elbow ligament suffered in a win over Atlanta on November 14. According
to Bucks general manager Larry Harris Villanueva has begun rehabilitation for
the injury and is expected to return in a month or so.
In eight games this season, Villanueva has averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds,
2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.