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Post#1 GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CST)
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:47 am by Max Green

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Posted Nov 17 2012 12:38AM

While Chicago and Indiana try to overcome injuries to their top players, the Milwaukee Bucks have gotten out to the early lead in the Central Division.

They'll look to get off to their best eight-game start in 11 years by earning just their second victory in the last 13 meetings with the visiting New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

Milwaukee (5-2) had one of its better performances of the young season Wednesday, leading by as many as 32 points in a 99-85 victory over Indiana. The Bucks find themselves ahead of the division's projected top two as Chicago plays without former MVP Derrick Rose and Indiana continues on without star forward Danny Granger.

"We played some of our best defense in the first half and some of our best offense as well," coach Scott Skiles said. "We moved the ball well. Overall, it was a very well-played game."

Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points each while Samuel Dalembert added 14 for the Bucks, who had a season-low six turnovers after committing a season-high 23 in their previous game.

"We realize that as a team we just needed to come in and be the aggressor from the beginning," Dalembert said.

Jennings had another solid effort after scoring a season-best 33 points and dishing out eight assists in Monday's win over Philadelphia that followed a 1-for-11 shooting performance in a loss to Boston last Saturday.

"We just got going and we didn't look back," Jennings said.

Milwaukee hasn't won six of its first eight games since taking seven of eight on its way to a 9-1 start to the 2001-02 campaign, but its recent history against New Orleans suggests it will have a tough time reaching that mark this season.

The Bucks have dropped 11 of the last 12 meetings and Jennings has shot 34.7 percent in five career games against the Hornets.

New Orleans, though, trailed by as many as 34 points in a 110-95 loss to Oklahoma City on Friday. Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 15 points off the bench and rookie Anthony Davis finished with eight points and a season high-tying 11 rebounds while shooting a dismal 4 of 14 for the Hornets (3-4), who have lost three of four.

New Orleans and Oklahoma City were involved in a shouting match at the end of the first half, though coach Monty Williams downplayed it.

"We're men, but you also have to be man enough to admit that we do goofy things when we compete," Williams said. "So we were just out there kind of yelling back and forth. Basically they were just kicking our butts."

Despite not having shooting guard Eric Gordon through most likely the end of December, the Hornets are off to a much better start than last season, when they began 4-23 even after winning their first two games.

General manager Dell Demps was awarded a multiyear contract extension Friday after making key offseason moves - including drafting Davis and Austin Rivers - to improve the club.

Demps traded Hakim Warrick to Charlotte for Matt Carroll on Tuesday, though Carroll has not reported to the team and may be bought out.

"We'll have a resolution on that in the coming days," Demps said.

Jennings scored 18 points but shot only 7 of 21 as New Orleans won 92-89 at Milwaukee in the most recent meeting Feb. 15.
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Post#2 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:07 pm by JayMKE

Should be a fun game and one we should win. A lot of cool match ups; Rivers/Jennings, Sanders/Davis, Henson/Davis.
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Post#3 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:17 pm by MVP2110

I'll be there. first game of the year for me. Hopin to see BJ dominate and see Henson get some playing time. Go Bucks!
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Post#4 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:28 pm by ampd

If we go out and play D like we have we should be fine. Want to see a good game from Ersan more than anything.
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Post#5 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:36 pm by H2tObes

Hopefully Larry outplays Davis. Pretty cool match up.

Feel like we blow them out, we normally play well against bad teams.
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Post#6 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:36 pm by jr lucosa

Milwaukee hasn't won six of its first eight games since taking seven of eight on its way to a 9-1 start to the 2001-02 campaign, but its recent history against New Orleans suggests it will have a tough time reaching that mark this season.


This sticks out to me. Even though it's early in the season we haven't had a start this good since those glorified 'Big 3' days. Tonight should be a win too, we are definitely the better team. Let's keep the win train rolling.
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Post#7 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:48 pm by BUCKnation

We should definitely get the W here.

Between this, the Badger game, the UFC fight and others, it should be a great sports night.
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Post#8 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:05 pm by jtrinaldi

Going to be at the game tonight. The atmosphere is way different if you sit in the lower bowl. I was able to get 2 seats for tontines game in 219 for $40. My Dad hates the upper bowl because thats where "The Coaches" sit, and don't shut the hell up. So that worked out nicely.
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Post#9 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:18 pm by cam2win

I'm looking forward to seeing Monta play tonight, just like I do every game he plays for us

(holds hands up ready for things to be thrown at me)

In all seriousness these are the type of games I expect him to be the best player on the court. I don't see the Hornets guards being able to match up with him. Austin has Steph Curry ankles so hopefully we see Monta go off a bit.
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Post#10 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:27 pm by ampd

2 of their wins are against Utah and Chicago. We are going to have to do more than just show up for the game to win. However Jennings / Monta should present matchup problems for Vasquez / Rivers
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Post#11 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:36 pm by coolhandluke121

I expect some good Gordon ti's in the game thread when the bucks go up by 20 in the 3rd quarter.
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Post#12 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:21 pm by emunney

Vasquez is going to need a ton of help. Jennings' ability to take advantage of that should determine whether this game is close or not.
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Post#13 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:45 pm by sling shot 3

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jtrinaldi wrote:Going to be at the game tonight. The atmosphere is way different if you sit in the lower bowl. I was able to get 2 seats for tontines game in 219 for $40. My Dad hates the upper bowl because thats where "The Coaches" sit, and don't shut the hell up. So that worked out nicely.


Please explain "tontines game".
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Post#14 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:47 pm by sling shot 3

coolhandluke121 wrote:I expect some good Gordon ti's in the game thread when the bucks go up by 20 in the 3rd quarter.


Likewise "Gordon ti's"
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Post#15 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:00 pm by Cold Crush 24

Lets go electric swag. We should be able to beat the bees tonight if we keep playing the way we have been. Hoping Ilyasova shows up.
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Post#16 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:06 pm by The Wet Whistle

sling shot 3 wrote:
Please explain "tontines game".

I'd hazard a guess it's "tonight's game"

sling shot 3 wrote:Likewise "Gordon ti's"


"Trade Ideas", I assume.
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Post#17 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:51 pm by Wise1

I'll be in attendance tonight. Looking forward to what should be a nice win. 102-91.
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Post#18 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:06 pm by DMBucks22

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Post#19 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:08 pm by Baddy Chuck

New Orleans is bad. Monta should be able to have a field day with Rivers.
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Post#20 Re: GT: 11/17/12 Bucks vs. Hornets (7:30pm CS
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:16 pm by tonyreyes123

I'll be in attendance tonight. Hopefully my date will be too.
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