MILWAUKEE One hour before his Bucks faced Atlanta Tuesday night, coach Scott Skiles called it. He knew Monta Ellis was ready for a breakout game in a Milwaukee uniform -- that it would happen "at any moment" -- and he was right.
After struggling through his first six games with the Bucks, Ellis finally looked like the player who seemingly scored at will for six-plus seasons with Golden State. With Milwaukee on a two-game losing streak and its shot at the playoffs slipping away, Ellis scored 33 points on 15 of 24 shooting to give the Bucks a much-needed 108-101 home win over the Hawks.
"There was just something about today," Ellis said after the game. "I was light on my feet. I was moving. I went into one of my modes. It felt good."
Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but for the first time since being traded to the Bucks two weeks ago, Ellis' wife, Juanika, was able to make it to Milwaukee for the game.
"She really lifted me up today,"...