Bucks rally to defeat Heat
(The Sports Xchange) - Finding a strong bench combination has been an issue all season long for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Wednesday was no different, as head coach Jason Kidd moved Greg Monroe back into the starting five while relegating Miles Plumlee back to the bench.
The move paid off, as Plumlee hit 8 of 12 shots and scored 18 points as the Bucks rallied down the stretch for a 114-108 victory over the Miami Heat at the Bradley Center.
"Sometimes, we try to take a step back and try to not put an emphasis on starting," Kidd said. "You just play your minutes. Miles played the same way as he did when he was starting."
Plumlee and Monroe had switched places 12 games ago as Kidd tried to add some punch to his bench, which had been plagued by injuries and general ineffectiveness.
Both players responded well to the move, especially Plumlee, who averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 19.1 minutes a night.
He wasn't the only reserve to step up in a big way for Milwaukee. Little-used point guard Tyler Ennis was pressed into action thanks to the season-ending injury to Michael Carter-Williams and a stomach virus that kept O.J. Mayo away Wednesday night.
He scored eight points with five assists in 25 minutes of work and had five in the fourth quarter as the Bucks re-took the lead and pulled away for the victory.
"We needed it tonight," said Khris Middleton, who finished with 22. "Those guys have been working hard all year long. They finally got a chance to play some minutes and really produced out there for us." Continued...