State of the Bucks – Week 19
State of the Bucks – A Weekly Review and Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Previous and Upcoming Weeks
Last Week’s Results :
@ New York, Lost 114-108
vs. Chicago, Lost 83-75
vs. Detroit, Won 92-90
The theme continues into the final quarter of the season: the Milwaukee Bucks just cannot put all of the aspects of a successful basketball game into one single game. Against New York and the circus that was the “Carmelo Anthony Show”, the problem was allowing the Knicks to shoot the lights out. Milwaukee came back home against division opponents Chicago and Detroit and played terrific defense. The problem of their own shooting woes bit them big time. It’s a continual cycle of issues that when they work on one problem, they let up on another one. It’s never a full effort.
Things can certainly change when a team gets desperate. Down to only 9 players against Detroit, and most of their starting frontcourt injured, the Bucks had no choice but to run-and-gun with a smaller lineup. Brandon Jennings took over the up-tempo game and the rest of the team made just enough shots to sneak by with a win. Shooting 42% from the field and 56% from the free throw line isn’t pretty, but desperation generally stinks too much to be pretty.
Player of the Week :
Brandon Jennings paced the team to their only win of the week. He didn’t shoot very well, but no one did, and he helped frustrate the other teams’ guards, including a crucial block in the end that helped preserve the victory.
Other Standout Players :
Jon Brockman continues to be the guy stuck with the dirty work. Having him start in place of an injured Andrew Bogut, Brockman is undersized for a full-time NBA center, but he made his shots and collected 7 offensive rebounds. He’s been reliable in putting up those stellar backup numbers all season.
Highlights of the Week :
In a less-than exciting week for the Bucks, mascot Bango won the “Most Awesome Mascot” award at the Cartoon Network “Hall of Game” Awards. Never heard of the Cartoon Network “Hall of Game” Awards? Yeah, same here.
Disappointment of the Week :
Don’t really want to call it a “disappointment”, but when management sent rookie Larry Sanders to the Development League, it seemed like a reasonable decision. It some cases a demotion to the D-League can be a bad sign, but it can be helpful for players who badly need the regular playing time. Injuries forced the Bucks to bring Sanders back up after 2 games, negating the entire reason for sending him down in the first place.
This Week’s Games :
Friday Mar 4th, vs. Phoenix
Sunday Mar 6th, vs. Boston (ESPN)
Tuesday March 8th, @ Washington
Things to Watch For:
Some people thought the Boston Celtics got a little too involved at the end of the trade deadline. The fact that they’ve gone 2-1, all on the road, since the deadline seems to demonstrate that they didn’t slow down much. They still set the bar in the Eastern Conference and bring their traveling road show to Milwaukee in a late Sunday match that was set for ESPN at the beginning of the season. While Boston has lived up to their expectations, the Bucks, well, just read back a few “State of the Bucks.”
Final Thoughts :
The Bucks have beaten Washington once this year, but have lost their most recent games against all 3 of these teams. The magical number of 4 games is still where Milwaukee sits behind the playoff teams. It’s not unrealistic for them to make that up. My brother won a green rabbit’s foot the other day playing bar bingo, and maybe that will help. The Bucks need all the luck they can get.
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