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Tuesday February 9, 2016

Milwaukee+Bucks+v+Boston+CelticsA revamped line-up was highly productive for one night at least as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 112-111 Tuesday night at the Bradley Center. Due to the inconsistency of the bench all season, Jason Kidd decided it was the proper time to shake up the line-up in an effort to break the Bucks from their five game losing streak. The line-up changes consisted of OJ Mayo starting in place of Michael Carter Williams and Miles Plumlee started in place of Greg Monroe. Coach Kidd said the changes were not performance based but rather an effort to trying something different to ignite his struggling team. Monroe had 29 points and 12 rebounds doing most of that damage in the first three quarters but he saved two to give the Bucks the lead with one second remaining. Kris Middleton scored only two points in the first half but scored 18 in the second half including a free throw in the final second to provide the differential. The last second featured two fouls, both teams shooting free throws, and a total of three possessions in a crazy finish. The Bucks trailed by one at half, led by 19 after three, only to see the game tied by the Celtics to set up the finish. Michael Carter Williams also played well off the bench totaling 16 points, 6 rebounds and five assists. Going forward the big question will be if this was merely a one night change-up to bust a losing streak or if these changes will be used going forward. That question will be answered Thursday night when the Washington Wizards visit the Bradley Center to close the unofficial first half of the season.BucksBeatInArticle1

Thursday February 11, 2016

The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled with consistency this season. They have rarely taken the momentum of a successful performance into the next game. However they were able to accomplish exactly that by beating the Celtics and Wizards in home games before the All-Star break. The Bucks took the Wizards down for the first time this year 99-92 thanks to a strong defensive effort and balanced contributions on offense.BucksVSwizzards

Jabari Parker posted one of his strongest games of the season with 17 points and nine rebounds. The Wizards hit loads of threes against the Bucks in the first three games this season. The Bucks did a much better job defensively in the fourth game. The Wizards were just 6/32 from long range for a percentage of just over 18%. The Bucks held the Wizards to 38.6% shooting for the night. Kris Middleton was great in the clutch for the Bucks as he scored 14 of his 27 in the final and made several clutch plays in the final minutes. The Bucks will take a modest two game winning streak into the weeklong all-star break. Hopefully the Bucks are starting to gain some confidence and consistency that can be displayed when the season resumes a week from Friday.

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