5 Reasons Milwaukee Bucks Won Their First Preseason Game

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5 Reasons Milwaukee Bucks Won Their First Preseason Game


The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-80 in their first preseason game of the 2012-13 NBA season. Milwaukee’s 17 point win may have come against a team that is not expected to make a playoff run this season, but it is a great confidence booster nonetheless.

The Bucks played their starters for a decent amount in Tuesday night’s game with at least five bench players seeing double-digit minutes. First round draft pick John Henson saw 12 minutes of action and played very well on defense. He finished the game 3-for-8 with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and one assist. Henson even tried to sink a three-pointer but missed.

Five Milwaukee players did not see any court time including second round draft pick Doron Lamb and former Wisconsin great Alando Tucker. Head coach Scott Skiles elected not to play either player for unknown reasons. Tucker is a long shot to make the 15-man roster after the Bucks signed Marquis Daniels to a one-year contract. The fact Tucker did not see any playing time proves it is very unlikely he will be on the team at the start of the season.

Milwaukee has a long ways to go before they are ready to compete for an Eastern Conference Central division title, but the fact they played with so much gusto tonight is promising. The backups earned this win just as much as the starters did, which is certainly a sign for things to come during the regular season. The following slides are five reasons the Bucks won their first preseason game.

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#5 Turnover Battle


The Bucks turned the ball over 12 times but were able to acquire the ball from the Cavaliers 22 times. The fact Milwaukee was able to defeat Cleveland by 17 points had a lot to do with them being plus-10 in turnovers. The Bucks have several talented players that can steal the ball consistently which will benefit the team greatly during the regular season.

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#4 Team Chemistry


Milwaukee has added five new players to the team. This means it will take a little bit of time for everyone to get used to playing with each other. Team chemistry is very important to be successful and the Bucks proved tonight that they were able to play well together. Milwaukee’s 22 assists against Cleveland is a good number to shoot for every game.

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#3 Solid Defense


Every Skiles team is going to play an aggressive style of defense and it is going to be what separates the Bucks from the rest of the NBA this season. Although Milwaukee got away from it a little bit last year, expect to see the Bucks play hard-nosed defense once again in 2012-13. Milwaukee’s 42 rebounds, 11 steals, and eight blocks are all good signs that the team is prepared to play hard and aggressive.

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#2 Good Performances from Key Backups

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Milwaukee’s mentality is that their starters are going to keep up with the opposing team’s starting five but the Bucks are going to win with their second squad. Milwaukee has arguably the deepest team in the league, which means the backups will be playing a big role this season. Larry Sanders, Mike Dunleavy, and Daniels all played very well against the Cavaliers. The three players combined for 32 points and 16 rebounds.

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#1 Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings


The Bucks will only go as far as guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are willing to take them this season. The two players combined for 30 points, 12 assists, and four steals while converting a measly 42 percent of their shots. However, they did make 50 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

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