Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 22
If you haven’t torn up your NCAA bracket by now, you must have cheated! Welcome to the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
What We Have Seen:
We’ve seen the Bucks neither gain nor lose ground on the playoff race as they still sit 2 games behind Indiana and 1 game back of Charlotte for the final postseason spot. With 10 games remaining, the schedule stays relatively easy down the stretch. The three home games should be simple victories (though there have been no “should bes” this season), and games vs. the two team they are chasing, both at Charlotte and at Indiana, should help them feel like they have some control over their own fate.
What We Have Not Seen:
We haven’t seen anything to make the Bucks want to make the playoffs. The Chicago Bulls now have a 2.5 game advantage over Boston for the Eastern Conference’s top seed. They would face the eighth seed, whether that be the Milwaukee Bucks or not. Chicago would present such a tough matchup against the Bucks, mostly because of the guys at the top and bottom of their starting rotation. Joakim Noah is making a name for himself as a smart, aggressive big man, and point guard Derrick Rose isn’t being called the front-runner for MVP as a fluke. Rose is capable of controlling the pace of a game entirely by himself and can be such an explosive player. The Bucks’ chances would be a bit higher against a team like Boston, with whom Milwaukee could hold on long enough to steal at least a game or two in a first round series.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
The loss to the Bulls was one thing; Milwaukee played well, and it’s hard to blame Milwaukee for Rose’s dominant performance in the 4th quarter. We wish we would have seen the Bucks beat Sacramento. The Kings are a franchise in chaos amidst the rumors of a team relocation. While the Bucks have looked much more fluid and sharper in recent weeks, they still cannot sustain that over successive games.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
If you need another reason not to want a Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls matchup, look no further than the Saturday game in Milwaukee. Sellout crowd, good majority Bulls fans. As seen often in the past between basketball and baseball, Chicago sports fans love to see their teams play in Milwaukee, because it is cleaner, friendlier, the facilities are better (at least for baseball), and tickets are cheaper, especially when the BrewTown teams struggle. I’m sure Bucks team management would hope for better ticket sales in town for the playoffs, but it’s likely that our friends from south of the border will pack the Bradley Center in masses.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
What kind of impact will Michael Redd have on the team? He suited up for the first time in almost 15 months in the game against Chicago, but didn’t play. The games they lose, the offense generally disappears. Having a veteran shooter who would be hard-pressed to perform worse than the current team, nothing but positives can come from that. It all depends what coach Scott Skiles’ plan is for Redd is ease back in. With the end of Redd’s career in Milwaukee fast approaching, it would be good to see Redd go out on his own terms
Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 5-5 Record (1-2 road, 4-3 home)
Final 10 Games: 7 Road (.496 Oppenent’s %), 3 Home (.326 %)
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