Milwaukee Bucks' Mike Dunleavy Frustrated With Team's Slow Starts

By John Raffel
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks would like to prove they’re among the best teams in the NBA but forward Mike Dunleavy hopes he never again sees the type of start his team endured in Sunday’s 96-94 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

“We really talked about that (having energy) before hand, we didn’t want that to happen, but to me it was a little bit of just being stagnant, lack of ball movement,” Dunleavy said. “Sometimes we come out and don’t do that, but you get down 13-0 or 10 to nothing, it’s just a disappointing way to start, and then we have to make lineup changes and everything else was just kind of messed up the rest of the game.”

The Bucks had played the night before, but it’s long been accepted in the NBA that you don’t blame the schedule maker for a slow start.

“It seemed like they were getting whatever they wanted, and I just thought our offensive rhythm was terrible to start the game,” Dunleavy said. “Finally we got some stuff going, but we didn’t start well.”

The loss wasted outstanding efforts from players like Monta Elllis, who scored a game-high 30 points, and Ersan Ilyasova, who added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

“It was more than a bad start. It was a bad three-and-a-half quarters,” said Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “They outplayed us except for maybe six to eight minutes the whole game. They deserved to win and we had chances to try and steal it at the end. They were more physical and had a lot more energy.”

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