Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 5
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:
A true hodge-podge lineup that stopped the Bucks’ 5-game losing streak against the Charlotte Bobcats. With Andrew Bogut, Carlos Delfino, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette all missing the game, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Mbah a Moute got the start. A lot of minutes came from the starters as only 4 players were active on the bench. Chris Douglas-Roberts made his season debut following eye surgery and contributed 11 points in 20 minutes.
What We Have Not Seen:
Heart. Losing two division road games to two (we’re still saying this) inferior basketball teams is unacceptable. This Milwaukee Bucks team seems to lack heart. It’s still all too common to see players flat-footed on the court. Brandon Jennings has been forced to take over too much of the offense because other players stand around instead of making the necessary cuts, picks and movement to help the offense flow. These players desperately need to get more active on the court.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
We wish we would have seen Chris Douglas-Roberts earlier. It might take a game or two, even a week or two, to get adjusted to the Bucks’ system. Coming back from an eye surgery it would be reasonable to see CD-R play a bit cautious. Will his protective glasses serve as a problem for him? We’ll find out soon enough. But CD-R has the motivation to succeed on this team, the motivation that was lacking when he was with the failing New Jersey Nets. If CD-R can find his niche in the team, he’ll soon command a lot of minutes.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
We never want to see former players play well against us. Certainly there are players who were fan favorites in Milwaukee (Bucks’ Ray Allen, Brewers’ Geoff Jenkins or Lyle Overbay) who always receive special applause when they return to town. Other guys weren’t nearly as well-regarded, and it’s easy to cheer against them on most occasions. So to see Cleveland’s Mo Williams and Ramon Sessions, as well as Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva all play well in victories over Milwaukee make those defeats a little nastier.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
We want to see into the future! What is going to happen with this team? The Packers are in full swing, and the local college basketball teams are starting their schedules. But with the Wisconsin Badgers football team wrapping up their regular season, those fans are going to look for something else to occupy them. The Bucks could certainly pick up a few of those fans, but if you’ve been following a lot of college football lately, then happen to glance at the NBA Standings and see the Bucks at 6-10, it serves as a big let-down. It would be reassuring to see into the future and know that things will turn out just fine. But I guess we’ll all just have to wait.
Milwaukee Brian’s Bucks Report runs from Wednesday-Tuesday and covers all the highlights, all the highs and lows of the 2010-11 Milwaukee Bucks season. Topics can be found at Pocket Doppler – The Wisconsin Sports Blog and Milwaukee Brian Sports