6:00 PM EST, Wed November 26, 2014
Brew Hoop 1 hour ago

Fresh starts rejuvenating Sanders, Mayo after disappointing seasons

After falling short of expectations last season, both Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo are off to impressive stars and are providing a surprising spark for the improving Bucks. When your team finished with the worst record in the league, there usually aren't too many positives to take away from it. The best you can hope for is that you can quickly put it behind you and move forward. For Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo--two of the Bucks more disappointing players last season--they have not just been able to move forward, but have been two key contributors to Milwaukee's surprising start to this...
Brew Hoop Nov 23, 2014

Recap: Wizards dominate the glass, pull away from Bucks in second half for 111-100 victory

Box Score Sometimes it sucks that a standard basketball game has to be two halves. Milwaukee came out and grabbed an early lead, playing like they had put Friday night's blowout loss behind them. They were very active on defense and were able to turn that into quick offense, outscoring the Wizards 16-3 in fast break points. Brandon Knight and Giannis Antetokounmp had combined for 22 points on 13 shots. Larry Sanders had three blocks and was looking a bit like the LARRY SANDERS! of old (salutes included). Here's the @LarrySanders rejection on Paul Pierce + salute:...
Brew Hoop Nov 14, 2014

Fantasy Friday: Can Larry Sanders be valuable without scoring?

Note: Even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions contained in this post are my own and are based purely on my own hunches, guesses, and whatever my cat tells me to do. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games. He's hardly the most high-profile player on the roster, but so far this season the Milwaukee Bucks have gone as Larry Sanders has gone. The team has been terrific on defense, with top-10 rankings in opponent eFG% and turnover rate. But they've struggled offensively, shooting the ball poorly and struggling to get to...
Brew Hoop Nov 13, 2014

Are Larry Sanders and Brandon Knight sinking the Bucks offense?

A solid start to the year on defense for the Milwaukee Bucks has been offset by serious growing pains on offense. Are Larry Sanders and Brandon Knight the limiting factors on offense? We discuss it in our latest Brew Hoop Podcast episode. If the Milwaukee Bucks deserve some praise for performing like a top-five defensive team in the early portion of the 2014-15 NBA season, then they probably also deserve some criticism for posting 76ers-esque efficiency on offense. Through eight games, the Bucks rank 2nd in defensive efficiency and 29th in offensive efficiency, according to the precise...
Brew Hoop Nov 12, 2014

Is the Bucks defense for real, or is a soft schedule the key?

Larry Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks have shut down opposing offenses early this season, but is their defensive surge for real? According to the numbers, the Milwaukee Bucks are a top-five defense in the NBA through eight games of the 2014-15. But is this early trend part of building an identity, or is it just a matter of circumstance? On the optimistic side of things, you can point to a healthy Larry Sanders to protect the paint, a stable of youngsters to pressure opponents with length and athleticism, and a deep roster of healthy players to ensure crisp rotations on the perimeter. On the...
Brew Hoop Nov 10, 2014

Power Rankings round-up: Bucks improve across the board

Each week, we'll provide you with a round-up of the latest Power Rankings and where the Bucks place in them. This week, we see widespread improvement. CBS Sports Bucks rank: 17th Previous week: 25th "With O.J. Mayo's weight loss and improvement, Jabari Parker hitting his groove, and Larry Sanders staying out of trouble, Milwaukee looks poised to be competitive this season." It's worth noting that "being competitive" does not mean that the Bucks will be angling to make moves to make a playoff push come trade deadline time, so please step back off that ledge and continue...
Brew Hoop Nov 1, 2014

Video: Sanders on big test against Noel

Larry Sanders spoke after Friday's 93-81 win over Philadelphia about his test against Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel.
Brew Hoop Oct 27, 2014

Bucks Player Previews: Larry Sanders looks to put nightmare season behind him

13/14 Review Hold on tight... Sanders missed 25 games in the first half of the season with a torn thumb ligament following his involvement in a fight at a Milwaukee nightclub.  Sanders was cited for disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and the wearing of Teflon shoes.  We've made it three games. One week later, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Sanders was cited the previous winter for animal cruelty after leaving two dogs outside with no shelter in sub-freezing temperatures.  He paid a fine. Sanders would miss six weeks with the thumb injury, returning just after...

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