MILWAUKEE -- "We really moved the ball well again."
After nearly every game in recent weeks, these have been the words that Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles chooses to explain how his team once again totaled more than 30 assists that night.
For a Skiles-coached team that only one year ago was known for its stifling defense but poor offense, this year's Bucks are an offensive juggernaut by comparison. Much of that is due to the fact that this year's group has been sharing the ball and distributing the offense equally on a whoever-is-open-gets-the-shot offensive philosophy.
And while the Bucks were good in the assists category nearly all season, they have taken it to another level since acquiring Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh in a trade from Golden State. Since these two began wearing a Milwaukee uniform on March 16, the Bucks are the very best in the NBA in assists, averaging 27.3 per game.
"We have a lot of guys that can score the ball and a lot of guys that share the ball," Ellis...