MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Jim Boylan says his team has been giving up way too many points inside. The players devoted part of yesterday’s practice to watching film of their mistakes, in the hopes of fixing the problems before tonight’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Orlando out-scored the Bucks 62-to-40 in the paint on Sunday, when the Bucks beat the Magic by six. Miami had a six-point edge in the paint on Friday night, and Washington scored 16 more points inside than Milwaukee last Wednesday.
Opponents’ big men are out-muscling the Bucks close to the hoop, but Boylan says it’s not the only problem. He says players are running in from the perimeter to get easy shots close in – and it’s often because a defender is just a few feet out of position.
The Bucks comfortably hold the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference – but they’re trying to move up, so they can avoid playing Miami in the first round.
Milwaukee is now two-and-a-half behind both Chicago and Boston for the sixth-and-seventh playoff spots, with 17 games left.