Originally written December 28, 2011 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MILWAUKEE From the first time he took the court in training camp, Jon Leuer has been impressing his coaches and teammates. He performed well in both exhibition games.And now, he's put his talents on display when it counts.The rookie came off the bench to score 14 on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 20 minutes of work. He connected on his first four shots and converted all four of his free-throw attempts."I was a little nervous at first but at the end of the day, it's just basketball," Leuer said. "It felt good to me."Leuer was on the floor for the final two minutes, replacing Andrew Bogut after he fouled out of the contest with Milwaukee holding onto a 94-89 lead. Down the stretch, Leuer scored the Bucks' final three points and pulled down the rebound on Love's attempt at a game-tying three as time expired."Jon was huge tonight," Skiles said. "I probably should have played him more last night, he's earned his minutes out there. I had a good opportunity to slide him in right before half and he was a little wide-eyed out there but there was no reason I didn't put him in the second half."He's been good, he's trying to learn what we're doing so you have to have a full comfort level until you know exactly what's going on but he's been very good and was a big factor in the win tonight."Leuer's performance was the highlight of an overall strong night from the Bucks' bench. The reserves finished with 32 points and all but Jon Brockman saw double-digit minutes thanks to injuries to Carlos Delfino and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Drew Gooden's suspension the result of a flagrant foul called in the game Monday at Charlotte."We had some guys out so it was our job to step up," Leuer said. "Everybody did a little bit extra and we were able to get the win."Another big lead disappears: Milwaukee held an 11-point lead at halftime and after a 15-7 run to open the third, led 75-55 with 6:50 to play in the third. From there, though, the Timberwolves got hot and outscored the Bucks 13-5 to draw within 11 at the end of the quarter.A similar situation unfolded Monday in the season opener, when the Bucks squandered an 11-point halftime lead in their 96-95 loss to Charlotte. Unfortunately, when we got a big lead in both games, we got a little careless, Skiles said. Offensively, all the good ball movement just came to a halt and we kind of shot into double-teams and rushed things a little bit. And at the same time, we kind of softened up defensively.We know we need to play better than that.Mbah a Moute sits again: Luc Richard Mbah a Moutes patellar tendinitis kept him out of a second consecutive game. The forward was inactive again Tuesday as he recovered from the soreness, a condition he said before the game had been an issue in the past but never to this extent."Injuries are crazy," Mbah a Moute said. "I've had problems with tendinitis before and I've been able to take care of it and I don't even need to miss even practice."It's crazy just the way I tweaked it. I've been getting a lot of treatment, trying to get everything back together. And it's been getting better. Hopefully this is the last game I miss. I definitely want to be back by Friday.Carlos Delfino also missed a second straight game while he recovers from a sprained right wrist.
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