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-- The Milwaukee Bucks were not the only road team to lose their first NBA playoff game over the weekend.
ATLANTA - The Milwaukee Bucks were not the only road team to lose their first NBA playoff game over the weekend.
Seven-of-the-eight home teams won their initial contests. Portland was the only one to break-serve, winning at Phoenix by five points.
Still, Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles was not a happy camper yesterday, in the wake of Milwaukee’s 10-point loss at Atlanta on Saturday. He was especially upset about the first half, in which the Hawks made 62-percent of their shots and went up by 20. Skiles told his players they “spectated” too much, and they did not help each other out on defense until the second half.
Skiles also said they were not sharp on offense until they exploded for 30 points in the third quarter. Bucks’ point guard Brandon Jennings said the atmosphere in Philips Arena was not as high as he expected – but it was intense on the court.
Skiles expects to make some adjustments in his match-ups for Game-Two tomorrow night in Atlanta. But he said there are no easy assignments among the Hawks’ six top players – and whatever success they had in the second half on Saturday must carry over into the opening tip in Game-Two.