Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 4
It’s early Sunday and the Packers have not played yet. That means it is time for the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
What We Have Seen:
This week we have seen some nasty, nasty basketball. There are only so many times you can yell at your television set, only so many times you can keep saying “those shots will start falling eventually.” Eventually they might. At least we hope so, right? The Bucks are dead last in league statistics, shooting a miserable 41.1%. They are second last in the league in assists per game, a 17.2 average. Perhaps those few extra passes could set up some better shots.
What We Have Not Seen:
Andrew Bogut. He has all but vanished from the team. He started the year with a lot of intensity, ready to try to put his injury behind him. Yet once the grind of the season started to kick in, everything has caught back up to Andrew. He has shot 13-30, a miserable 43% for a dominant big man, in the Bucks’ last 3 losses. Either not enough offense is running through him, or his injuries from last year still haven’t fully healed.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
It would have been nice to see the Bucks take advantage of Kevin Durant’s absence against Oklahoma City. He was my match-up to watch from my last report, yet has been out the past few games. Result? The Durant-less Thunder stole road wins against two top Eastern Conference teams, Boston and Milwaukee. Does that say a lot about the depth of Oklahoma City? Perhaps. Does that say a lot about some NBA teams ability to lapse in their preparation? Definitely.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
It is a long season. 82 games is a lot, especially spread out over more than half the year. During that time, it’s understandable to see a top team slip up against someone they should have dominated. Understandable yes, but that doesn’t make it right. If the Bucks don’t feel ashamed losing to the (at the time) 2-10 Philadelphia 76ers, the coaching staff isn’t doing it’s job. There is a lot of time off to think about their 5-8 record and what they can do to fix it.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
Brandon Jennings has not put up good assist numbers. He’s had one or two so far, and yes he had his triple-double game. Brandon Jennings simply is failing as a point guard. I heard him say this week that he grew up admiring Allen Iverson. If there is anything this current Bucks team does not need, it is a shoot-first point guard. Coach Scott Skiles knows this. Or at least he should. The record-holder for most assists in one game (30), Skiles should be the prime candidate to plant his point guard style of vision, high IQ, pass-first basketball. That is what this team needs, and they will continue to fail until it is realized.
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