The Jim Boylan Era: Off To a Good Start
After four-plus seasons together, the Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles have agreed to part ways. This was the news that suddenly hit social networks late Monday night and has continued throughout the day Tuesday. The Bucks also announced that Jim Boylan will coach the team for the remainder of the season.
Coach skiles love the way he Approached the game. Believed in me since I was a rookie, gave me the rock since day one. Thanks for everything
— BRANDON JENNINGS (@justryod3) January 8, 2013
It’s no surprise that Jennings would say this because in all reality, without Skiles giving him the chance that he gave him his rookie year, who knows if “Young Buck” would be the kind of player that he is today. It should be interesting to see how Jennings and Boylan hit it off for the remainder of the year. One would think that the two of them would get along just fine seeing that Boylan was always more of the communication guy on the Bucks bench already. We all know that Skiles was never a sociable guy and was known to never really “connect” with his players on that level, which may have been one of the factors as to why the two sides decided to part ways. With all that being said, the Bucks didn’t have much time to sulk in the loss of their head coach because if they were hoping for a quick turnaround and a chance to end their current four game skid, the 12-23 Phoenix Suns are in town and are the perfect opponent to face.
The Milwaukee Bucks were having way too much fun in the fourth quarter tonight and are (thankfully) 1-0 under new head coach, Jim Boylan. The Suns got off to a hot start while the Bucks looked somewhat sluggish right off the bat which gave the Suns a 30-26 first quarter lead and a 56-50 lead at the half. The Bucks regained momentum in the second half thanks to Brandon Jennings’ hot hand beyond the arc and Larry Sanders electric blocks. Jennings buried back-to-back threes that sparked a 9-0 run for Milwaukee in a third quarter in which they outscored Phoenix 30-20 and gave the Bucks a 67-66 lead that converted into an 80-76 lead by the end of the third. The Bucks ultimately went on to defeat the not-so-good Suns 108-99.
Brandon Jennings had himself a game tonight – 29 points, nine assists, three rebounds, one steal & one block. Larry Sanders was also very impressive adding 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, while Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson each chipped in 12 points for Milwaukee. Henson also grabbed 11 boards in the process.
After watching tonight’s game, you can’t help but hope that Boylan uses the Jennings-Ellis-Dunleavy-Henson-Sanders rotation more often. Those five were key factors down the stretch in finishing off the Suns. Sanders and Henson seem to enjoy playing together as both of them were leading the, “Bucks Block Party” tonight which had the crowd in a complete frenzy by the end of the game which was very fun to watch. All and all it’s about time the Bucks finally ended their horrific four game skid and get a nice win under new head coach, Jim Boylan. No time for the Bucks to rest as they now head to Chi-Town for a Central division battle against the rival Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Article written by: @SamSecor23