ST. FRANCIS, Wis. Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles has always claimed defense as his calling card. But last year, especially after the Bucks shipped center Andrew Bogut to Golden State for Monta Ellis, defense became the Bucks' most glaring weakness -- both in the frontcourt and backcourt.
With Ellis and point guard Brandon Jennings together in the backcourt, the Bucks were, however, one of the fastest, highest-powered guard combinations in the league. Milwaukee had offense, but without a firm defensive standard, the Bucks seemed doomed from the start.
This season, Skiles is determined to get back to that defensive standard without it being at the expense of his offense -- a delicate balance that could very well mean the difference between the a trip to the postseason and many key officials getting a change of scenery next season.
"We felt like going into last season, one of the things we talked about with the guys was could we keep our defense similar to the year before and g...