State of the Bucks – Week 17
State of th e Bucks – A Weekly Review and Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Previous and Upcoming Weeks
Last Week’s Results :
@ Washington, Lost 100-85
@ Memphis, Lost 89-86
vs. Indiana, Lost 103-97
vs. LA Clippers, Won 102-78
The free-falling Milwaukee Bucks finally put a temporary foot on the breaks to stop a 3 game losing streak. The fact of the matter is, after winning 5 of 7 games at the end of January, Milwaukee has gotten only 2 of their last 9 contests. The Bucks have done nothing to show any kind of consistency in their game. On any night they will either be out-rebounded, give up too many turnovers or go blind in their ability to shoot the ball. While defense remains the only thing to expect night-in and night-out, defense only wins championships and you can’t win a championship without winning a few regular season games along the way.
Player of the Week :
John Madden said it best (or worst) when he stated that the team who scores the most points usually wins the game. That actually happens to be true every time, and the Bucks demonstrated that fact while breaking their losing streak. Carlos Delfino sunk 7 of his 10 long distance shots in helping the Bucks to a huge advantage in team shooting percentage. It’s amazing what happens when a team shoots well.
Other Standout Players :
Luc Mbah a Moute still isn’t the impact offensive players some hoped he would be, but he chips in when he can, and this team really needs it. He has 3 double-doubles on the month, and continues to take on the marquee defensive requirements. The Bucks were a whopping +27 points over the Clippers when Mbah a Moute was on the court, and he did as well as anyone could to slow down Rookie of the Year front-runner and longshot MVP candidate Blake Griffin.
Highlights of the Week :
John Salmons also found his way onto the double-double board, to the tune of 16 points and a game high 12 assists. Surprisingly it was Salmons’ first double-double as a Buck, who came to town a year ago at the trade deadline. Even more surprisingly, the Bucks won a game and shot very well when they passed the ball. Complete shocker!
Disappointment of the Week :
Similar to recent weeks, Andrew Bogut vanishes when matched up against a decent big man. Both Marc Gasol and Blake Griffin have caused some challenge to Bogut and he has played lately with some intimidation, fouling out on Tuesday for the first time in almost 20 games. No one needs the time off for the All-Star break more than Bogut.
This Week’s Games :
Wednesday Feb 16th, vs. Denver
Tuesday Feb 22nd, vs. Minnesota
Things to Watch For:
The Bucks get a shortened week because of the All-Star break. They’ll be getting a rare ESPN matchup against Denver, with a chance to enter the break with, dare I say, momentum. While the confidence would be the most important thing to hold onto during the break, it will be a good time for guys to relax a bit and clear their heads, spend some time with their families, and then get right back into the grind of practice, because there is so much to work on. The key will be if they can repeat the performance of the Clippers game against Denver.
Final Thoughts :
It has become near impossible to predict what can happen with the Milwaukee Bucks. On any given night there are a few versions of the team that can show up, and most of those versions have been a complete mess. While they have the ability to do an assortment of things correctly every night, they rarely do everything correctly in consecutive games. That’s been the difference between this team and last year’s team. While a modest attempt at a run to the playoffs is still in the cards, they refuse to get over that final hill. Sitting only 3.5 games out of the 8th seed, anything is possible.
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