Surprise playoff participants in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks and
Charlotte Bobcats each had high expectations coming into this
season. However, neither club has played like postseason contenders
through two games.
One of these early underachievers will earn their first victory
as they meet Saturday night in Milwaukee.
Charlotte (0-2) went 44-38 and reached the playoffs for the
first time in the franchise’s six seasons. Milwaukee (0-2),
meanwhile, won 46 games to snap a three-season postseason drought.
Each team won twice at home to split the four-game series in
Though both teams made first-round playoff exits, they expect to
carry over the momentum earned from those successful seasons to
this one. However, both are not off to the kind of starts they had
After falling 101-86 at Dallas to open the season, the Bobcats
lost 104-101 to Indiana at home Friday. Charlotte lost just 10
times at home last season.
“We have to get a win and get the season started in the right
direction, Gerald Wallace told the Bobcats’ official website. “We
will never quit and continue to fight.”
Wallace had 29 points against the Pacers, but the Bobcats were
outscored 31-21 in the fourth quarter. Charlotte also committed 17
turnovers, giving it 38 through two games.
“We have to figure out a way to not keep turning the ball
over,” Bobcats coach Larry Brown said.
Wallace is averaging just 9.8 points in 11 career games at
Avoiding a third straight loss could be a challenge for the
Bobcats, who went 13-28 away from home last season. The Bobcats are
1-10 all-time at Milwaukee, and averaged 89.2 points during a
five-game skid at the Bradley Center.
After going 28-13 at home last season, the Bucks should be
excited to open that portion of their schedule Saturday. However,
the Bucks likely need to shoot the ball better if they want to
carry over that success at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has shot 39.0 percent and averaged 88.0 in its two
defeats. The Bucks shot 35.6 percent in a 96-85 loss at Minnesota
“I think right now we’re in like cruise control, and we need to
change that. Fast.” said guard Brandon Jennings, who had 14 points
and seven assists Friday.
Veteran swingman John Salmons averaged 19.9 points in 30 games
for Milwaukee after being acquired in a trade with Chicago last
season, but has 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting in two games.
Salmons, however, has averaged 22.4 points in his last five games
Corey Maggette has scored 39 points in his first two games with
Milwaukee. He’s averaged 24.1 points in eight lifetime contests