Dynamic Duo: Sanders, Dunleavy have provided spark for Bucks
In the first game after watching their team get battered and bruised by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks fans chanted Larry Sanders' name after a hard foul on the New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler late in the third quarter of the Knicks' 111-107 victory Wednesday night.
Sanders smiled a bit on the block as the Squad Six-initiated cheer rattled around the Bradley Center.
The second-year player has seen spotty minutes throughout the season, but in the last five games the 6-foot, 11-inch forward has blocked 10 shots, come up with four steals and pulled down 23 rebounds and provided a much needed presence in the defensive interior.
"Personally, I would say that (I'm developing)," Sanders said. "I think with every game, with every situation I encounter, that little adversity, it just makes you that much more comfortable out there on my court. Also, in my second year, that helps a lot too, just playing more. I think it all ties together."
On offense, veteran Mike Dunleavy is making a Sixth Man of the Year case with his play the last month, during which the Bucks have gone 13-6. Since March 9, Dunleavy has established himself as the third scorer on the team behind Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, averaging 16.1 points per game in Bucks victories – well above his season average of 12.3 ppg.
The two once again played key roles in the Bucks near miss Wednesday, with Dunleavy scoring 19 points and Sanders blocking three shots.
The loss was damaging to the team's playoff hopes, not only dropping the Bucks to two full games behind the Knicks in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, but giving New York an important tie breaker.
Should the Bucks continue their recent stretch of play, this duo will need to continue to produce.
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