State of the Bucks – Week 21
State of the Bucks – A Weekly Review and Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Previous and Upcoming Weeks
Last Week’s Results:
vs. Cleveland, Won 110-90
vs. Philadelphia, Won 102-74
@ Boston, Lost 87-56
@ Atlanta, Lost 110-85
Well there goes that stretch of excitement. The possibility of making the playoffs isn’t completely dead, but it’s hard to make up the difference in the standings when the Milwaukee Bucks put up arguably the worst game in franchise history. The defeat against the Boston Celtics, in which the Bucks only put up 56 points, looked like it could have been a score from the pre-shot clock era. Sadly the Bucks weren’t around during the days before 24-second possessions. There was a 59 point swing between their 28 point trouncing of Philadelphia and the -31 points to Boston. Consistency? Hasn’t been around all season.
Player of the Week:
Luc Mbah a Moute gets the spot here because of his performance against the 76ers: 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Everyone knows about the defensive skills he has, but Mbah a Moute generally isn’t known for his scoring. The offense is something he’s been improving on, and I expect it to be a focus of his in the off-season.
Highlights of the Week:
The Bucks put up two of the best all-around games of the season against Cleveland and Philadelphia. One of them is a playoff team, so despite the Bucks’ efforts in the two following games, you have to squeeze whatever positives you can get out of each victory.
Disappointment of the Week:
As of this writing, Boston has fallen from the top seed in the Eastern Conference to the second spot, just behind the Chicago Bulls. While just making it in the door to the playoffs would be an accomplishment at this point in the season, both of these possible first round matchups will present an absolute nightmare for Milwaukee.
This Week’s Games:
Wednesday March 16th, vs. Orlando
Friday March 18th, vs. New Jersey
Sunday March 20th, vs. New York
Things to Watch For:
Will the Bucks come out with any extra motivation after back-to-back embarrassments? It will be tough against the Orlando Magic, as they are fighting for their own playoff positioning. Dwight Howard and Andrew Bogut was a great battle to watch last season, but between injuries and illnesses this season, it hasn’t had the same excitement. Milwaukee has 5 of their next 6 games at home, and a win vs. Orlando would be a great way to kick it off.
The door is slowly closing. After being just a half game in the standings out of the playoffs, the Bucks have fallen back to 2.5 games. With 16 left on the regular season, this team really needs to crank up the sense of urgency in the locker room. If a “do or die” mentality can’t get this team on top of their game, perhaps nothing will.
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