Milwaukee Bucks Coach Jim Boylan Concerned With Team's Shooting, Turnovers

By John Raffel
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Boylan has a quick answer to explain Saturday’s 105-100 NBA loss by his Milwaukee Bucks to the Detroit Pistons.


Boylan has basically done a good job for the Bucks in taking over for the fired Scott Skiles and probably is the wisest pick to keep the team going strong.

Of course, no one would have looked good as a coach for Milwaukee on Saturday.

“Our turnovers were quickly turned into points,” Boylan said. “They built a lead. They’re a fast-starting team. This is not unusual for Detroit to come out and play like this. If you watch their games, they’re a good starting team. They come out and play well early. We expected a push from them early, but we just turned the ball over, and some of the plays, you can’t even really describe them.”

The Bucks had 13 turnovers. Ironically, the Pistons, with 20 turnovers, could lament their miscues more. But they were able to overshadow that with a 49 to 39 percent advantage in field goal shooting.

The fact that Milwaukee allowed the Pistons to shoot so well on their own court is what should especially concern the Bucks, who are striving to stay above the .500 mark and be a playoff team. They can’t afford more performances like that against the visiting Pistons, who clearly were the superior team from start to finish.

Boylan also needs to get better shooting from his guards. Against the Pistons, guards Brandon Jennings  was 8-for-27, Monta Ellis was 3-for-9 and Beno Udrih was 1-for-7. That’s lousy especially on a collective basis. The Bucks are in trouble if that continues.

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