Friday , Dec , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks need some road work

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks can just forget about their five-game
home winning streak because it’s on the road where this team struggles.

Milwaukee, which resides in last place in the Central Division, has lost four
straight on the road and is 4-10 away from the friendly confines of the
Bradley Center this season.

The Bucks have won two straight overall and will play four of their next
five games on the road against Minnesota, San Antonio, Memphis and Cleveland.
That is certainly not an easy task for a last-place squad.

But on a brighter note second-year center Andrew Bogut has been playing
inspiring basketball as of late. Bogut had 17 points, six boards and five
assists in a 121-95 win over Miami on Wednesday. Over his last five games,
Bogut has made 28-of-39 shots for a 71 percent clip.

The Bucks, who are the worst team in the NBA with a 48.4 percent defensive
field-goal percentage, are playing more like a Western Conference team with
plenty of runs and a more fluid offense. Head coach Terry Stotts understands
that if his team doesn’t play defense it doesn’t matter what type of numbers
the offense is putting up.

“That’s our game,” Bucks star guard Michael Redd. “We play like a Western
Conference style in the Eastern Conference. We have to push it, that’s part of
our game. I guess it’s become part of our identity when we win. That’s when
we’re at our best.”

Meanwhile, Milwaukee forward Bobby Simmons had successful surgery this week to
remove bone spurs on his injured right ankle. Simmons, who hasn’t played this
season, is out for the year and is expected to have another procedure
performed on the ankle in the future.

Simmons averaged 13.4 points per game last season, his first with Milwaukee.