After 82 regular season games, the 2007/08 NBA season is over for Australia Post Boomers and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut.
After a 110-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Bucks ended with a miserable 26-56 win-loss record to finish last in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division behind Detroit (59-23), Cleveland (45-37), Indiana (36-46) and Chicago (33-49).
But it was through no fault of the 213cm Victorian, who had his best NBA season of the three he has played.
Bogut finished with averages of 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 blocks per game – all career highs except for assists, where he registered 3.0 per game last season.
He tallied a career high 29 points against the Phoenix Suns in last December and finished 9th in the NBA in blocks, 11th in rebounding and 12th in double-doubles (38) - an outstanding individual season that sets Bogut up for All-Star selection in the future.
Bogut started in 78 games for the Bucks and missed just four games through injury but was not satisfied with the team’s overall result.
“Disappointing would be the word,” he said.
“It was tough to get through. We didn’t have the same group together every game and it hurt us.”
Bucks GM Larry Harris has already lost his job and head coach Larry Krystkowiak was shown the door this morning, heralding great change for the Bucks this off-season.
After Bogut's stellar year, the Bucks will most probably do the smart thing: do whatever it takes to sign Bogut to a lucrative multi-year deal.
Negotiations are expected to end in early July.
Game by game rundown:
Milwaukee lost to Minnesota Timberwolves 110-101 in OT
To Milwaukee’s credit, they played hard in the final game of the season, but as the saying goes, a leopard can’t change its spots. The Bucks let a seven point fourth quarter lead evaporate and fall by nine in overtime. At least Bogut had a good game (24 points and 15 rebounds) to finish what was a stellar season for the big man.
Milwaukee lost to Chicago Bulls 151-135
Last home game of the season. Let’s give the fans something to sing about. Play hard. No prisoners. No mercy. Oooor … we can have a bit of a shoot around and not worry about playing defence. Yeah, let’s do that. Both teams are good at that. 286 points later, the Bucks go down by 16 points despite scoring 45 points in the first quarter. The Bogey man had a big game (but hey, who didn’t?) and tallied 25 points on 8-11 shooting with an equal game-high 8 rebounds (nobody missed much; the Bulls shot at 67 per cent and the Bucks shot at 58 per cent).
Milwaukee lost to New Jersey Nets 111-98
At home to the “No Kidd” Nets after five straight losses, the Bucks were down by one point at half time but a 30-19 third quarter (how many times this season have the Bucks played three good quarters in a game, but tanked in just one to get blown out?) sealed the deal. Bogut finished with a slight 7 points on 2-6 shooting but led all comers with a game-high 8 rebounds.
Milwaukee lost to Boston Celtics 102-86
Okay, Bucks, there have been better days for our storied franchise, but it’s time to topple an Eastern Conference giant and get some self respect. Um, yeah. Down 10 after one quarter, down 18 at half time, down 21 after three, lose by 16. At least Bogut out-dueled Celtics centre Kendrick Perkins (4 points, 4 rebounds) to post 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Milwaukee lost to Toronto Raptors 111-93
A 33-20 third quarter set up the win for the Raptors, who look set to take up the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Bogut had 10 points on 5-10 shooting and 9 rebounds, thus ending a world class run of five straight double doubles.
Milwaukee lost to Boston Celtics 107-104
Bogut had a triple-double to forget against the Celts, who have gelled to be a genuine contender for the title. He had 15 points (nice), 15 rebounds (even nicer) and 10 turnovers (ouch) in a massive 46 (of a possible 48) minutes on court.
Milwaukee lost to Indiana Pacers 105-97
Milwaukee’s second game against Indiana in three days bore the same result as the first game – the Bucks lost again. Bogut had a big one, compiling 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots but he was pipped by Pacer centre Jeff Foster, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds. Bogut was awarded the NBA's Dunk of the Night.
Milwaukee lost to Indiana Pacers 105-101
Bogut’s fine form continued, but the Bucks’ two game win streak was brought to an abrupt holt by the Pacers. Bogut had a monster game to end up with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in 40 minutes on court.
Milwaukee defeated Washington Wizards 110-109
Spirits were high after a home victory against the Knicks and when Bogut found rookie revelation Ramon Sessions alone in the corner on a final seconds inbounds play, the Bucks stole victory on a long bomb. It was a rare highlight in Milwaukee’s sorry season, with Bogut registering a 20 point, 10 rebound double-double in the win. WATCH THE VIDEO. Not so highlight: Yi Jianlian suffered a season-ending injury.
Milwaukee defeated New York Knicks 119-115
Bogut returned after a two game hiatus wearing a protective face mask to tally 24 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Bucks end a four game skid and allowing the Bradley Centre faithful to cheer their team’s 19th – and final - home victory for the season.
Milwaukee lost to Chicago Bulls 114-111
Bogut’s broken nose forced him to miss his second straight game and Chicago’s rookie centre Joakim Noah had a field day as a result, finishing with 18 points (career high), 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots (equal career high).
Milwaukee lost to Orlando Magic 103-86
The Bogey Man missed the game through injury while the Magic’s All-Star centre Dwight Howard finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Orlando to a franchise-record 24th road victory.
Move over Paris, Bogut gets nose job
31 March 2008
Andrew Bogut underwent a successful surgery to reduce a displaced nasal fracture, or a broken nose, the Bucks announced on Saturday, writes Charles Gardner for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The surgery was performed by Paul Lowenstein, a doctor at Elmbrook Hospital in Brookfield.
Bogut was not available to play against the Magic or the Chicago Bulls in Chicago over the weekend and was to be listed as day-to-day.
He will be required to wear a protective mask for the rest of the season.
In 68 games this season, Bogut is averaging 13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.76 blocked shots. He has 32 double-doubles, ranking second in that category among Eastern Conference centers.
Hawk shot denies Bogut high
27 March 2008
Andrew Bogut was denied an NBA career high in points after an errant elbow bloodied the nose of the Australia Post Boomers centre midway through the fourth quarter.
Atlanta's Marvin Williams' right arm appeared to hit Bogut's nose on an inbound pass from the baseline. Bogut lay underneath the basket briefly before walking to the bench.
Bogut did not return for the final 6:51 of play as the Bucks fell to Atlanta,115-96.
Bogut had 23 points and 7 rebounds at half time when Milwaukee trailed 65-60 and 27 points with a game-high 9 rebounds when he was benched.
The 213cm Victorian also registered four assists and 3 blocked shots but fell two points shy of his 29 point NBA career high, set on January 12 against Phoenix.
Milwaukee lost to Atlanta Hawks 115-96
Bogut was denied an NBA career high in points after an errant elbow broke the nose of the Australia Post Boomers centre midway through the fourth quarter. He did not return and finished with 27 points with a game-high 9 rebounds. He also registered four assists and 3 blocked shots.
Bogut returns in fine form
26 March 2008
Australia Post Boomers and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut has returned from a thigh injury in impressive form but the Bucks are still underachieving in America’s NBA.
Bogut suffered a corked thigh in a six point loss to the Jazz on March 12 and missed the next two games, a pair of home losses to Boston and Miami.
After returning from injury with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bogut posted 16 points and 17 rebounds in a road loss to Miami.
The 213cm Victorian has now started for the Bucks in sixty-six of their 69 games this season and is averaging higher in points (13.7), rebounds (9.6), blocked shots (1.8) and steals (0.8) than at any time in his three year NBA career.
He currently ranks in the top 15 of the entire league in blocks (8th), total rebounds (14th) and double-doubles (14th; 32 times).
The 1,230-game regular season (82 games for each of the 30 teams) began on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, and will end on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The NBA Playoffs will start on Saturday, April 19, 2008 and will run through mid-to-late June with the NBA Finals.
With Milwaukee languishing on the bottom of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with a 24-45 record, they are not expected to gain a postseason berth.
It opens the door for Bogut’s return to the Australia Post Boomers for their first camp at the AIS from May 12-17, but his timetable is yet to be confirmed. After such a long season, rest may be more prudent.
Game by game rundown:
Milwaukee lost to Miami Heat 73-78
After an embarrassing loss to the league’s worst team Miami six days previously, Milwaukee had an opportunity to square the ledger but despite Bogut’s 16 points and 17 rebounds the Bucks failed to spark and lost by five points.
Milwaukee def Cleveland Cavaliers 108-98
Bogut returned from injury to post 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots against LeBron’s boys and the Bucks returned to the winners column after six straight losses.
Milwaukee lost to Miami Heat 106-112
Oh, the woe. What better opportunity to end a five game skid than facing the injury and trade depleted Heat? But the Bucks couldn’t get it done without Bogut, who missed his second game due to a corked thigh.
Milwaukee lost to Boston Celtics 77-99
Andrew Bogut up against Kevin Garnett and the Green Machine; you’d pay to see that – and many people did. Only Bogut missed the game through injury and the Celtics cruised to a 22-point victory.
Milwaukee lost to Utah Jazz 110-114
Bogut always has great battles with Jazz centre and Turkish international Mehmet Okur and this game was no different. Bogut overcame a badly corked thigh to finish with 11 points, 15 rebounds and a massive 5 blocked shots while Okur tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bucks lost their fourth straight game.
Milwaukee lost to Washington Wizards 97-105
There are big tickets on Wizards centre Brendan Haywood. He posted 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots but Bogut outplayed him in this one, with the Boomers centre scoring 23 points with 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
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Milwaukee lost to Philadelphia 76ers 97-119
The Sixers have the wood on Milwaukee and pounded the Bucks on their home court by 23 points. Bogut turned in what he described as possibly the worst game of his career and he couldn’t be far off the mark: 0-4 from the field for 1 point, 2 rebounds and 2 turnovers. He did dish out 7 assists though, equaling his season high.
Milwaukee lost to Portland Trailblazers 101-103
A second half comeback lifted the surprising Blazers over the Bucks by two points in a game where Bogut finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Milwaukee def Seattle Sonics 118-106
After two losses, a home game against Seattle was just what the doctor ordered and the Bucks did not disappoint with a stirring victory over the shaky Sonics. Bogut had a monster game and finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocked shots. Quite a line.
Milwaukee lost to Indiana Pacers 106-128
Poor second (35-21) and fourth (31-21) quarters sealed the Bucks’ fate in this one but it was through no fault of Bogut. He restricted Pacers centre Jeff Foster to 3 points and 3 rebounds while adding 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists of his own. Nobody could stop ex-Duke University star Mike Dunleavy, who erupted for an equal-career high 36 points.
Milwaukee lost to San Antonio Spurs 94-96
Bogut matched up against Argentina’s Athens gold medallist Fabricio Oberto and left no one in doubt about who was boss. Oberto tallied 2 points and 8 rebounds while Bogut registered 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. The Bucks lost again though.
Milwaukee lost to New Jersey Nets 106-120
After two wins the Bucks were looking to start a roll, but the pesky Nets had other ideas. Bogut had a cracking game with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists but Milwaukee fell by fourteen points.
Milwaukee def Cleveland Cavaliers 105-102
Some say Cleveland’s (formerly Detroit and Chicago’s) Big Ben Wallace used to be the man, but with arms like his would you say it to his face? Bogut did. Wallace finished with 7 points and 11 rebounds while Bogut finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds – and Milwaukee got the win.
Milwaukee def Denver Nuggets 115-109
Denver centre Marcus Camby is having a ‘career year’. He leads the NBA in blocks and ranks second in rebounding, but on this day Andrew Bogut had his number. Sure, Camby got 4 blocks, but his 6 points and 10 rebounds didn’t come close to Bogut’s 12 points and season-high 20 rebounds.
Milwaukee lost to Detroit Pistons 100-127
Detroit didn’t much like being defeated by the Bucks two days previously and they showed it on court with a 27-point drubbing of Milwaukee. Bogut had 11 points and 5 rebounds on 4-10 shooting.
Milwaukee def Detroit Pistons 103-98
Eastern Conference powerhouse Detroit has handed out some thrashings this year, but on this day it was Milwaukee’s turn to shine. Pistons centre Rasheed Wallace had 21 points and 5 rebounds but Bogut outshone him on the glass to finish with 14 points and 14 rebounds, ending a four game skid.
Milwaukee lost to New Orleans Hornets 107-111
After two home losses the Bucks were eager for a victory but the red-hot Hornets didn’t comply. Tyson Chandler finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds to outplay Bogut, who posted 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Milwaukee lost to Los Angeles Clippers 89-96
Bogut’s aim was off the mark in this one. He finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots but connected on only four of 16 shots as the Bucks lost their third straight game.
Milwaukee lost to New York Knicks 98-99
Down 17 points in the third quarter the Knicks rallied to steal the game by a point and end an eight game losing streak after Bogut fouled out with less than two minutes remaining. It ended a so-so game for Boges, who had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in the loss.
Milwaukee lost to Dallas Mavericks 96-107
Reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki had a huge game for Dallas and compiled a 29 point, 10 rebound, 12 assist triple-double. But Bogut wasn’t half bad either. He finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists. MVP one day? You never know.
Milwaukee def Memphis Grizzlies 102-97
Down eight points after the opening quarter, the Bucks rallied to defeat Memphis by five points with Bogut’s 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists a valuable contribution to the win.
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Bogut's All-Star game doesn't lead to All-Star selection
4 February 2008
Australia Post Boomers and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut narrowly missed selection to the 2008 All-Star team last week.
The news coincided with three straight losses for the Bucks, who are now last in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with an 18-30 record.
Despite the losing record, Bogut has stepped up to notch career highs in points (13.5 per game), rebounds (9.0 per game), steals (0.8 per game) and blocks (1.7 per game, ranked 8th in league.)
Bogut’s last three games:
Milwaukee lost to Houston Rockets 93-81
With Yao and Yi matching up, this game was HUGE in Asia with an expected viewing audience of over 200 million in China alone. Bogut didn’t disappoint, top scoring for the Bucks with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots while restricting 7’6” Yao to 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots but the Bucks lost their third straight game.
Milwaukee lost to Philadelphia 76ers 112-69
Playing their 7th game in ten days, the Bucks came out flat against a rested Sixers side and Philly made them suffer their second biggest loss in franchise history. Bogut shot 2-8 to finish with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 5 turnovers.
Milwaukee lost to New Jersey Nets 87-80
The Nets were in a big hole coming into this game but the Bucks gave them a boost with a lackluster road effort. Bogut battled hard and shot 5-9 from the field to finish with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals.
Bogut makes Top 10 Dunks of Januar
Bogut's All-Star form could mean All-Star selection
29 January 2008
Australia Post Boomers and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut's red-hot form in the NBA has given him an outside chance of being named as a reserve on this year's Eastern Conference All-Star team.
The Australian finished with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting yesterday and added a game-high 15 rebounds and a season-high six assists in the Bucks' 105-102 overtime triumph at home to Washington.
The Bucks blew an 11-point lead with 1min 39sec remaining in the final quarter as the Wizards forced the game to an extra period.
But Milwaukee steadied in overtime to move to 18-27 for the season. The win, against a Washington (23-19) team sitting second in the Southeast Conference, was even more impressive as the Bucks were without leading scorer Michael Redd (knee) and forward Charlie Villanueva (back).
Since the new year, Bogut, 23, has been displaying the form Milwaukee hoped for when it drafted him No. 1 overall in 2005.
In his third season, Bogut has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games since January 2 and boasts season averages of 13.6 points, 9.2 boards and 1.64 blocks.
Bogut's form has made him a dark horse for the All-Star game in New Orleans on February 17.
The 213cm, 118kg big man was fourth overall in fan voting for Eastern Conference centres when the starters were announced last week, with more than 280,000 votes.
His tally put him ahead of Chicago's Ben Wallace, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal and Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas, all former All-Stars who have a combined 12 appearances in the showpiece event.
The league's coaches vote for the All-Star reserves, and they will be announced on Friday.
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Bogut’s last six games:
Milwaukee def Washington Wizards 105-102 in OT
Matching up against highly touted Wizards centre Brendan Haywood (11 pts, 9 rebs), Bogut shot 8-17 from the field to finish on 18 points with and a game-high 15 rebounds and a team high 6 assists in 41 minutes on court.
Toronto Raptors def Milwaukee 106-75
In a battle of the former No.1 Draft picks, Andrea Bargnani had 13 points a 7 rebounds for the Raptors while Bogut finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds in a slight 19 minutes on court.
Milwaukee def Indiana 104-92
The Pacers were without injured All-Star centre Jermaine O’Neal and The Bogey Man made them pay with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 rebounds on 7-11 shooting.
Milwaukee lost to Phoenix Suns 114-105
Bogut intimidated by All-Star centre Amare Stoudamire? I don’t think so! Stoudamire’s class and Steve Nash’s amazing assists (10) brought him 19 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assist, but Bogut finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.
New Orleans Hornets def Milwaukee 106-92
Bogut shot 6-14 in 36 minutes to tally 13 points and an equal game-high 15 rebounds with 2 assists and 2 blocked shots, but the Bucks lost their second game in a row to one of the West’s hottest teams.
Milwaukee lost to Golden State Warriors 119-99
Latvian superstar Andris Biedrins had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assists for the Warriors but Bogut pipped him at the post with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes on court.
Goorjian praises Bogey Man
22 January 2008
AUSTRALIA POST BOOMERS coach Brian Goorjian believes the big numbers Andrew Bogut is putting up this month places him in the "superstar category" and has compared his American basketball progress to that of Chinese colossus Yao Ming, writes Adrian Warren for AAP.
Victorian Bogut, 23, is experiencing a breakout month in his third NBA season with the Milwaukee Bucks in the world's best club competition.
Since the start of this year, centre Bogut has posted double figure points in each of his 10 games and averaged 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds a game over that time, numbers significantly higher than his career average.
The balloting for the annual NBA All-Star game finished Monday and, while Bogut isn't expected to be a candidate to start, Goorjian felt his national team star was heading into that territory.
“You move into your third year in the NBA, it's time to establish yourself and I see Andrew as a potential NBA All-Star,” he said.
“He's having All-Star numbers over the last couple of weeks and it's something he is capable of continuing.”
Bogut has shone particularly in his past four games, averaging over 23 points and 10 rebounds in that period. His form surge started with an NBA career-best haul of 29 against Phoenix.
He followed that by scoring 23 points against Utah and 21 versus Atlanta and Golden State, while posting double-digit rebound tallies in all four matches.
His overall season average of 13.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game puts him within touching distance of averaging a double-double over the course of the season.
Bogut has already notched 18 double-doubles in 40 games this season and is currently in the top 20 of the NBA in that category and for blocks, rebounds and field percentage.
“The numbers he's putting out puts him into superstar category, a double-double makes him a great NBA player,” Goorjian said.
“His process as a big man is very natural and it's one Yao went through, Andrew is moving along at the same speed.”
The 2.29-metre giant significantly improved his numbers after his first three NBA seasons and is now considered one of the competition's foremost big men.
Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak has generated more plays for Bogut in recent games and run his offence through the Australian more regularly.
“We've gotten a little more creative with ways to get him the basketball,” Krystkowiak said recently.
Bogut appreciated the efforts of his coach to make him a more prominent part of the struggling Bucks' offence. “They said they were going to get the ball in to me a bit more,” Bogut said.
“It's definitely good to hear a coach say that, it gives you confidence. If I take 20 shots, I'm pretty sure I'll make 50 per cent of them or more, so the more shots the better.”
Goorjian was looking forward to having Bogut back in the Boomers squad at the end of the current NBA season.
He also expected to have other overseas-based stars such as David Andersen, Matt Nielsen and Brad Newley back by June for the Boomers' lead-up to the Olympics.
“We have a tentative schedule, but Basketball Australia are still making adjustments. The plan is to play games in Asia and Europe and have a few in Australia scattered with training camps,” Goorjian said.
Watch this excellent video feature on Andrew that aired in advance of his 3rd NBA season, produced
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Bogut brings 'A' game
18 January 2008
Australia Post Boomers centre Andrew Bogut has hit a purple patch and is producing the best numbers of his 3-year NBA career.
Over his last six outings through January 16, Bogut is averaging 19.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting .667 from the field.
The emergence featured a career high 29-point, 11-rebound outing against Amare Stoudemire in Phoenix on Jan. 12, a 23-point, 10-rebound effort at Utah on Jan. 14 and a 21-point, 10-rebound game yesterday against Atlanta.
The Boomer celebrated his Utah homecoming on Monday with a high-flying, thunderous slam dunk.
For January, Bogut's averages are 18.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks, with shooting percentages of .618 from the floor and .644 from the stripe.
But the Big Vic has no time to rest on the laurels of his fine form, with Milwaukee's torrid schedule grinding on. They play 17 games in the month of January alone.
Bogut’s last two games:
Utah Jazz def Milwaukee 98-87
Shooting 9-12 from the field, Bogut led the Bucks in scoring with 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot while restricting Turkish legend Mehmet Okur to 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Milwaukee def Atlanta Hawks 87-80
Back home after a West Coast swing, Bogut shot 8-14 and finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots (all team highs) while his opponent Al Horford had 6 points and 7 rebounds for the upstart Hawks.
Bogut nets new career high in points
14 January 2008
Australia Post Boomers centre Andrew Bogut registered an NBA career high 29 points on Sunday morning but it wasn’t enough to lift the Bucks over Phoenix.
Shooting an exceptional 14-16 from the field and collecting 11 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, Bogut led the Bucks in scoring and rebounding.
Reigning MVP Steve Nash scored 35 points for Phoenix (26-11) while All-Star centre Amare Stoudamire added 31 points and 8 rebounds going head-to-head with Bogut.
Milwaukee (15-22) has not beaten Phoenix in Arizona since February 1987 – the longest active losing streak of its kind in the NBA.
Ironically, Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak was a player with Milwaukee in his rookie year when Milwaukee last defeated the Suns in Phoenix.
Milwaukee is now 4th in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division behind Detroit, Cleveland and Indiana.
Bogut’s last 2 games:
Phoenix Suns def Milwaukee 122-114
Bogut posted a career high 29 points and led Milwaukee in scoring and rebounding (11) but the Suns had too much firepower for the young Bucks.
Los Angeles Lakers def Milwaukee 110-105
Young Lakers centre Andrew Bynum had The Bogey Man’s number, netting 25 points and a massive 17 rebounds to Bogut’s 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots in the first game of a 3 game West Coast road trip.
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Bogut continues winning ways
10 Janury 2008
Australia Post Boomers centre Andrew Bogut has continued his hot streak in the NBA and the Milwaukee Bucks have won three games on the trot as a result.
Bogut tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals this afternoon as the Bucks topped the Miami Heat 98-92.
Now sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, the Bucks (15-20) have plenty of time - another 47 games remain in the regular season - to catch the division-leading Detroit Pistons.
Yesterday, Bogut's tip-in with 25.5 seconds remaining gave Milwaukee a two-possession cushion in its 87-83 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Bogut collected 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points in that game, just two days after registering a season-high 25 points against Charlotte.
"We are starting to find some success, and if we keep on pushing you never know what can happen," said Bogut.
Making Milwaukee’s revival all the more remarkable is that the Bucks’ last four games have been played without leading scorer and All-Star Michael Redd, who has a deep left thigh bruise.
Without Redd in the line-up, Bogut has been required to step up for his team – and step up he has.
Bogut has averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds over the past three games, up on his season averages of 12.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
He has been the starting centre in all 35 of the Bucks’ games this season.
Bogut’s last 12 games:
Milwaukee def Miami Heat 98-92
Bogut tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals while restricting Miami’s back-up centre Mark Blount to 9 points and 5 rebounds as the Bucks topped the Miami Heat 98-92.
Milwaukee def Philadelphia 76ers 87-83
Two of Bogut’s 13 points came on a vital tip-in with 25.5 seconds remaining to give Milwaukee a two-possession cushion in its 87-83 victory over the slumping 76ers at the Wachovia Center. Bogut also collected 12 rebounds.
Milwaukee def Charlotte Bobcats 93-89
Bogut broke the shackles to record a season-high 25 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 assists while restricting US Olympian Emeka Okafor to 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Washington Wizards def Milwaukee 101-77
In a battle with Washington’s Brendan Haywood, Bogut tallied 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists on a tough night for the Bucks.
Milwaukee def Miami Heat 103-98
Shooting 5-10 from the field, Bogut netted 13 points with 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot as the Bucks broke a four game losing streak and registered just their third road win of the season.
Detroit Pistons def Milwaukee 114-69
Bogut netted 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists while restricting All-Star Rasheed Wallace to 7 points and 3 rebounds in a game the Bucks would rather forget. Bogut blasted his team’s attitude after the match.
New Jersey Nets def Milwaukee 97-95
Ex-Huskie Josh Boone almost got the better of Bogut on this occasion. He posted 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists to Bogut’s 5 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots but the Bucks continued to fall short of a W.
Chicago Bulls def Milwaukee 103-99
Bogut was back in the double-double dorm with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots and 1 steal while restricting Big Ben Wallace to just 4 points, but the Bucks lost their second road game since Christmas. There was also this monster jam on Andres Nocioni:
Denver Nuggets def Milwaukee 125-105
The Bucks were in Denver on Boxing Day but they were wishing they were back East after the Nuggets thumped them by 20. Bogut had 6 points and 9 rebounds and could not stop ex-Knick Marcus Camby dropping a 10 point, 11 rebound double-double.
Milwaukee def Charlotte Bobcats 103-99
In the last game before Santa came to visit, Bogut battled with 10-year veteran Nazr Mohammed and posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocked shots to Nazr’s 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 turnovers. The Bogey Man wins – as does Milwaukee.
Sacramento Kings def Milwaukee 102-89
Kings on the road in Milwaukee? The Bucks won, right? Wrong - but through no fault of Bogut’s. He tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a whopping 5 blocked shots against the Kings’ All-Star centre Brad Miller, who had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 turnovers.
Cleveland Cavaliers def Milwaukee 104-99
Bogut had his hands full against All-Star centre Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who put up 24 points and 11 rebounds to Bogut’s 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Bogut nets season high
7 January 2008
Australia Post Boomers centre Andrew Bogut scored 25 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in North Carolina this afternoon.
Bogut shot 10-15 from the field and added 5-7 from the foul line to help the Bucks register just their fourth road win of the season.
The Bucks remain on the bottom of the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with a 13-20 record, a half-game behind the Chicago Bulls.
Last week, Bogut blasted his teammates for a defeatist attitude after suffering the Bucks’ third-worst loss in franchise history, a 45-point drubbing at the hands of the division-leading Detroit Pistons.
Milwaukee won their next game by five points on the road against the Miami Heat before slumping to a 24-point loss at home to the Washington Wizards. They then bounced back against the Bobcats.
Bogut is averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a whopping 1.8 blocks (13th) per game in his third NBA season.
His previous season high was a 23-point outing against Memphis on November 14th, 2007. His career high is 27 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 15th, 2007.
Boomers: Bogut watch
17 December 2007
What’s The Bogey Man been up to? He’s been taking care of business, that’s what…
Australia Post Boomer Andrew Bogut is averaging 12.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game after 23 games, but his Bucks are riding a results rollercoaster - they won five straight games in mid-November before dropping nine of their next 12 games.
The Bucks’ latest game was a three point win over lowly Minnesota at the Bradley Centre in Milwaukee on Sunday, Australian time.
Milwaukee (10-13) now sits in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division behind Detroit (17-7) and Indiana (12-12) and ahead of Cleveland (10-14).
Bogut’s 1.8 blocks per game rank him 9th in the entire Association, while his stats rank him 1st in rebounding, 3rd in scoring and 4th in assists among the Bucks.
You da man, Boges. His latest 13 games:
Against Al Jefferson, Bogut recorded 8 points on 4-of-10 shooting along with a game-high 13 rebounds in 37:40 on court. He also dished out 5 assists.
Boston Celtics 104 def Milwaukee 82
Who can stop the Celtics? Not Andrew Bogut – on this occasion at least. Bogut finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes on court.
Milwaukee 100 def Orlando Magic 86
Battling All-Star centre Dwight Howard, Bogut had a good shooting game, posting 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with 9 rebounds (all defensive), 2 assists and 1 blocked shot in 31 minutes on court.
In 39 minutes on court going head-to-head with Brad Miller, Boges scored 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting, pulled down 9 boards and filled up the stats columns with 1 assist and one blocked shot.
Portland Trailblazers 117 def Milwaukee 113
Playing a season high 43 minutes, Bogut scored 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds with 1 steal and 1 assist in a disappointing loss.
Milwaukee fell to the suffering Sonics by six points but it was through no fault of the big Victorian. In 42 minutes of court time, the 7-footer had 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 3 assists and 1 steal.
The Bucks lost this one by 30 points, but the Boomers centre shot 80% from the field (4-of-5 shooting), posting 10 points, pulling down 8 boards, dishing out 2 assists and swatting 2 shots.
In the first game of a 5-game road trip, Bogut played 39 solid minutes against Chris Kaman and posted 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, as well as leading his team in rebounding (12) and blocked shots (4).
Limited by foul trouble, Bogut played 22 minutes and scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting with 3 rebounds and 1 assist in one of his quieter performances.
In another consistent game, Boges shot at 83% from the field (5-of-6 shooting) to register 10 points, 9 boards and 3 blocked shots, but the Bucks went down by three.
Boges had his way against rookie centre Al Horford, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 36 minutes of court time. He led the Bucks in rebounding with 11 and controlled the lane to finish with 4 blocked shots.
In one of his least productive games this season, Bogut played 28 minutes and scored 6 points on 2-of-7 shooting. He worked hard to compile 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Up against one of the NBA’s elite teams, Boges posted 16 points on 6-of -12 shooting with 2 blocked shots and a game-high 14 rebounds in 39 minutes on court.
Milwaukee’s season is on the up after the Bucks won four matches on the trot and moved to 2nd in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division behind the Detroit Pistons (7-4) and ahead of the Cavaliers (6-6).
They even registered a rare road victory, beating LeBron’s Cavs in Cleveland by a whisker on their way to a 6-4 record.
Big Bogey has been the starting centre in all 10 of Milwaukee’s games this season and his solid play has been crucial to the Bucks’ success.
He is averaging 12.2 points per game, 8.10 rebounds per game and 2.10 blocks per game after 10 games and after back-to-back-to-back 4-block games he is currently ranked 10th in the league in blocks – a significant achievement.
As well as leading his team in blocks, the 22-year-old is setting the benchmark in rebounding, topping both the offensive and defensive rebounding categories.
His most recent three games:
Milwaukee 110 def Los Angeles Lakers 103
Marking up against 7-foot third year centre Andrew Bynum, Bogut played 24 minutes due to foul trouble and tallied 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting while pulling down four boards with 2 blocked shots – one of them a monster on Kobe Bryant.
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Milwaukee 111 def Cleveland Cavaliers 107
Against crafty 10-year veteran Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Bogut scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, 2 assists and a game high 4 blocked shots – for the third game in a row! - in 36 minutes on court.
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Milwaukee 105 def Atlanta Hawks 96
Bogut outplayed fifth year centre Zaza Pachulia, posting a back-to-back double-double with game-highs of 21 points (tied with Michael Redd) and 10 rebounds. The big Victorian also led his team with four blocks in 35 minutes on court.
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You da man, Boges!
The Bucks’ season has been inconsistent thus far, managing to win three of their opening seven games. Their road record currently stands at 0-4 with all of their wins coming from home games.
Bogut is averaging 10.0ppg while pulling in 8.9 boards per game.
After a tough match against defending champions San Antonio, Bogut turned the tables with a strong display against Memphis which the Bucks won 102-99.
The Bucks are currently sitting third in the Central Division with a 3-4 win/loss record.
Bogut’s last three games:
Milwaukee 102 def Memphis Grizzles 99
In 41 minutes of court time, Bogut scored a season-high 23 points on 9-of-14 from the field at an impressive 64% to go with a team-high four blocks and 12 rebounds, his third double-double of the season.
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San Antonio Spurs 113 def Milwaukee 88
Playing only 20 minutes, Bogut tallied 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting as well as block one shot and three rebounds.
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Houston Rockets 104 def Milwaukee 88
In 29 minutes of playing time, Bogut scored 10 points (3-of-11 shooting, 28 %), pulled down five rebounds and hit four of his six free throws.
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8, November 2007
In the Milwaukee’s first four games of the 2008 National Basketball Season (NBA), the Bucks registered two wins and two losses.
After sustaining a wrist injury in the pre-season game against the Denver Nuggets, there were doubts that the seven-foot Aussie would miss the opening game but he’s played in all four.
All up the centre has played 115 minutes, averaging 8.3ppg and 10.5rpg. He’s currently leading the team in rebounding – both in offence and defence.
The Bucks are currently sitting third in the Central Division with a 2-2 win/loss record, having claimed two home wins while losing their first two away games.
Bogut’s first four games:
Orlando Magic 102 def Milwaukee 93
In 29 minutes of court time, Bogut managed to score four points (2-of-9 shooting) while leading the team in rebounding and assists with 11 and four respectively.
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Milwaukee 122 def Toronto Raptors 85
On 5-from-9 shooting, Bogut scored 12 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and one blocked shots in the Buck’s big 37-point win.
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Charlotte Bobcats 102 def Milwaukee 99
In 34 minutes, Bogut pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds to go with five blocks. He also scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
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Milwaukee 78 def Chicago Bulls 72
In only 18 minutes of court time, Bogut managed to score 6 points and pull down three boards.
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