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Davis explains how Bucks can beat Heat & reason for benching inside presence
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks face a more-than-tall task in beating the Miami Heat in their first round best-of-7 NBA playoff series.
That task isn't just winning the series. It's simply winning a game against the 66-16 Heat, the defending NBA champions.
"You almost have to play a perfect game," said 620WTMJ Voice of the Bucks Ted Davis on "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"The Bucks have not been perfect in the first two games. They played much better in Game 2, but they haven't rebounded the ball well. They haven't hit free throws. When you have those kind of hiccups against a great team like Miami, you're going to lose."
Coverage of the Bucks-Heat game starts at 5:40 p.m. tonight from the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.
The Bucks need to have more consistent success in their offensive attack.
In Game 1, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings had 48 combined points. No one else scored in double figures during the 110-87 loss.
In Game 2, a 98-86 debacle in Miami, Jennings and Ellis shot a combined 5-22, 0-10 from the field.
But not only must everyone bring their "A game, but they need to bring it for all 48 minutes.
As was proven in Game 2, any sort of lapse, however short, can prove fatal.
"They played well for about 46 minutes the other night in Miami. It was 2:23 that was their undoing. It was the beginning of the 4th quarter. It was 68-65 Miami, and the Bucks were shooting 50 percent despite the fact that Jennings and Ellis were not shooting well," said Ted.
"Then you start the fourth quarter, and Miami goes on a 12-0 run, and they win the game."
At that point, questions came about the lineup the Bucks used to start the 4th quarter - no Monta Ellis, and no J.J. Redick.
"I didn't understand it when they opened the fourth quarter," admitted Ted.
"I looked at the lineup...my immediate thought was, 'Is somebody hurt?' Monte Ellis was there. He seemed to be fine. Jennings was on the floor. J.J. Redick was sitting on the baseline. He had no minutes in the second half. Coach's decision. They traded Tobias Harris to get J.J. Redick, so he could be a difference maker, to get to the playoffs and to be a guy who could contribute in the playoffs. The fact is, he was healthy and he got zero minutes in the second half."
Someone else who could theoretically be helping the Bucks right now is also getting zero minutes...period.
Ted tells us why Samuel Dalembert is not seeing the court, and why he's been in the team's dog house for a good chunk of the 2012-13 season.
"Sam has an issue with punctuality. That's just the way it is," said Ted.
"He had some repeated behavior that irritated the coaches. That's where he is. He is anchored firmly into the bench. In a series where you need rebounding, here's a 7-footer who can take up space and get rebounds, but again, he is in deep."