Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 19
After a late night Bucks/Celtics game, here is the next morning’s version of the
Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
Two more games, two more losses. Making it back to our usual upper level, row U seats, I was witness first hand to the new-look Milwaukee Bucks. “New-look” is of course reference to the fact that the team has now played 3 games without Andrew Bogut and 4 games without Ersan Ilyasova. With a smaller lineup in the game, the Bucks have actually out-rebounded their last 3 opponents. That said, the shooting woes continue, and although the Bucks are only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, they look like a team that plays with glimmers of hope while getting lost in the end.
The Bucks opened the nationally-televised Boston Celtics game with a lot of energy and intensity. An early 20-10 lead left the partially-filled Bradley Center rocking. When Boston took a 22-20 lead, the game was over at that point. Yes, the lead fluctuated often after that, the Bucks up by a few, Boston taking their own advantage, back and forth. Milwaukee made a short rally late in the game to tie even with Boston, but the Celtics ended up being the better team.
What We Have Seen:
We’ve seen a lot of guys that don’t usually play get big chunks of minutes. Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman all saw time on the court due to injuries. Sanders had a solid 8 point, 7 rebound game. Brockman had 9 rebounds and his fair share of charges taken on the defensive end. Mbah a Moute had a great game, 19 points and 7 rebounds, shooting 8 of 13 on the floor. If he can sustain that shooting level over time, his value skyrockets.
What We Have Not Seen:
After missing a number of games due to an undisclosed injury, fans speculated that Chris Douglas-Roberts was in the “doghouse” with coach Scott Skiles. CD-R has finally gotten some playing time in the past few games, perhaps mostly due to the injuries on the rest of the team. But CD-R now looks nervous and restrained on the court, a complete flip of the athletic specimen shown earlier in the year.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
It’s said here every week, but seeing a full effort game would be nice. On a few series, the Bucks looked like a quicker team with their small lineup. On other groups of possessions, they looked tired and lost. Brandon Jennings has been doing a great job of keeping up the flow of the offense, but he often gets little help on the court.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
We hate seeing the other team’s fans invade Milwaukee’s home court. It’s bad enough when Chicago Bulls or Cubs fans make the short trip to Milwaukee and fill the venues. When a powerhouse team comes to town you expect to see a scattering of opposing jerseys in the stands. But the crowd Sunday night seemed eerily pro-Boston, which doesn’t look well on the ESPN broadcast. The Bucks must do more to pack the arena. Besides fielding a competitive team, I propose more fan giveaways, starting with throwback Darvin Ham Sandwiches to the first 2000 fans.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
We wish we could see when Michael Redd will come back. Whether he does at all this season or not, even the biggest Redd-bashers must admit at this point that having a veteran in the locker room can only help the team at this juncture. And it would be hard to imagine Redd shooting any worse than the current players on the court. Win/Win.
Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 3-7 Record (0-2 road, 3-5 home)
Next 10 Games: 3 Road (.511 Oppenent’s %), 7 Home (.448 %)
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