After his team was just routed by the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 11, Bucks coach Jim Boylan stood at the podium and preached his team simply had to move on.
The reason was simple: The Milwaukee Bucks were about to venture out on their longest road-trip of the season, one that was going to set the tone of the rest of the season.
Milwaukee finished the trip 3-1 -- its first winning road trip of four or more games since 2001 -- and the Bucks returned home feeling good about where they sit, but also recognizing there's a long way to go.
"We are just moving forward," Boylan, who is 5-2 since taking over as head coach on Jan. 8, said. "Not getting too high, not getting too low. Everybody is worried about the next task and being humble about it.
"We had a good trip out west, but that's over. Now we have a tough opponent coming up in Philly and our focus has to be on that."
Milwaukee's bench really shined on the trip, outscoring opponent's reserves 138-78. With backup point guard Beno Udrih healthy and again playing at a high level, Boylan has a full arsenal at his hands.
Boylan has settled in to a rotation of Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson at power forward, Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh at center, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Mike Dunleavy at small forward and Beno Udrih being the main guard off the bench. While that's been the standard rotation of late, Boylan has shown he's not afraid to mix things up.
Frustrated with a stretch of play guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis had in a recent game, Boylan sat both and gave Marquis Daniels minutes. When Udoh struggled against Dwight Howard, Samuel Dalembert found time.
Boylan making use of Bucks depth off the bench
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Jan 22