Skiles say the Bucks need to play better at homeWisconsin Sports
-- Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles says his team needs to play better at home.
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles says his team needs to play better at home.
The Bucks are 6-5 at the Bradley Center – the same record as on the road. Milwaukee hosts Indiana tomorrow night and Cleveland on Saturday, with road games at Boston and Memphis in between. Among other things, Skiles says the Bucks need to make a solid start at the beginning of each half – and they have not done very well with that. On Saturday night, the Bucks got crushed at home by the LA Clippers, 111-to-85.
A year ago, the Bucks were 17-16 in Milwaukee during a lockout-shortened season. The year before, they were 22-19. The last time the Bucks were truly dominant at home was in 2010, when they were 28-13 on their way to their last playoff appearance.
Sometimes, the home crowds don’t help. TV viewers saw sections of empty seats on Saturday night – normally one of the Bucks’ most popular nights. They do draw better against the marquee teams, but many fans will cheer for Kobe Bryant when the Lakers come to town – or LeBron James when Miami visits. And when the Bulls come, legions of Chicago fans literally give their team an extra home game. When that happened a year ago, Skiles says the only the way it would change is for the Bucks to play better – and only then would they get more fans.