ST. FRANCIS, Wis. The Milwaukee Bucks new-and-improved frontcourt has made it clear on more than one occasion whattheir goal is this season: Protect the rim at all costs.
"We're going to start a block party," new center Sam Dalembert said last week, grinning.
"That's my vision for the team," Larry Sanders said Monday. "No matter what combination of bigs, we'd be able to protect that rim."
And last Saturday against the Pistons, the Bucks looked like they were well on their way to that goal. With 14 blocks to their name in Saturday's game, Milwaukee held Detroit to shooting just 41 percent from inside the arc, especially locking down the paint to anyone not named Andre Drummond. Sanders had five blocks. Dalembert and rookie John Henson had four. Even Marquis Daniels added one from the backcourt. It was a much-improved performance from the team's eight-block total in its preseason opener a good start to "the block party".
But blocks weren't the only encouraging statistic on the ...