Welcome to the Week 18 Version of the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:

 

Done in by another night of tough shooting and poor effort, the Bucks fall to the Central Division-leading Chicago Bulls at home, and with 24 games remaining in the season and Milwaukee an ever-growing 4.5 games out of the playoffs, their window is closing fast. Thankful not to be in the Western Conference and even further off the pace of the playoff bound teams, the Bucks sit with the 9th worst overall record in the league. Whether they jump from there to the top-3 in the draft lottery, or whether the draft and next season even happen due to the looming lockout, there is a lot fans will just have to wait for.

What We Have Seen :

We’ve seen the Bucks hit a season-worst 14 games below an even .500 record. If they won every single one of the rest of their games, they’d match last year’s record of 46-36, which was good enough for the 6th seed in the East. Now they are approaching borderline “conference basement” status and the glory of last year’s playoff run seems so dark and distant.

What We Have Not Seen :

We haven’t seen any shred of luck fall the Bucks’ way. Ersan Ilyasova is the latest to make the injury list after colliding with a teammate and suffering a concussion. It’s not known how long he’ll be out, but it is enough for the team to urgently bring back rookie Larry Sanders, who was sent to the Development League for some more consistent playing time. Things are beginning to get a bit desperate.

What We Wish We Would Have Seen :

Three words: Chris Douglas-Roberts. He has seen only 15 total minutes since the first game of the month. CD-R argues on his Twitter account @cdouglasroberts that he is sick of people claiming he is “in the doghouse” with the coaching staff, but besides a generically-listed “illness”, something else must be afoul to keep him off the court during these long stretches of defeats.

What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen :

We wish we wouldn’t see the Bucks lose at home. Following the loss to the Bulls, Milwaukee sits at an even 14-14 home record, which isn’t good at all but pales in comparison to their road record. Currently, 8-22 is the 9th worst road record in the NBA. Not surprisingly, their 22-36 record is also 9th worst.

What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It :

We are slowing running out of things to look forward to. As mentioned around the league in recent weeks, NBA Commissioner David Stern is prepping the NBA for the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement and the possibility of a lockout. The same thing is happening in the NFL right now, but the difference is that people care about the NFL, while the NBA seems watered-down to most casual fans. If the NBA locked out for a season, who knows, it might die forever.

 

Some Stats to Know :

Last 10 Games: 3-7 Record (0-3 road, 3-4 home)

Next 10 Games: 2 Road (.496 Oppenent’s %), 8 Home (.466 %)

 

 

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

 

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