Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 23
Welcome to the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
What We Have Seen:
We’ve seen the door on the postseason come dangerously close to being shut. A win against Indiana, one of the teams Milwaukee is chasing in the playoff race, would have given the Bucks a 3-1 season advantage over the Pacers. That would have allowed the Bucks to simply pull even with the Pacers and claim the head-to-head tiebreaker. The 1-point loss dropped the Bucks further back and made the uphill climb even more unlikely.
What We Have Not Seen:
We haven’t seen emotion from the Bucks until lately. From Brandon Jennings’ locker room-in-turmoil comments to some added aggression and intensity on the court, the team has been pushed to the breaking point of the season and is finally putting up some effort that has been lacking all year.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
Those close game losses tend to be the worst. Milwaukee has had 4 games this season decided by 1 point, and have lost all 4, including the recent one against Indiana. Those are the games when a team can usually identify one play that, had it gone their way, changes the entire outcome of the game. In the case of the Bucks, there have been too many of those plays to sort out.
What We Wish We Would Have Not Seen:
We’re going to go right back to those comments by Jennings. The article in question features Jennings calling out unnamed players who haven’t had a winning attitude this season, implying that some of last offseason’s moves shouldn’t have happened. There has been plenty of discussion all season about those moves: not re-signing Luke Ridnour, trading bench-warming spots for Corey Maggette, and the large contracts given to John Salmons and Drew Gooden. However the future judges these transactions, the main questions here focus on Jennings; are these the ramblings of a frustrated 2nd-year player, or the honest feelings of a player who truly wants the best for his team? Time will tell.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
Whether they like it or not, the Bucks now seem destined for the NBA lottery draft. An extra $18 million in cap space from the Michael Redd contract, and a miracle leap into the top-3 of the draft could bring good fortunes to the 2011-12 Milwaukee Bucks. Stay tuned.
Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 5-5 Record (2-2 road, 3-3 home)
Final 6 Games: 4 Road (.582 Oppenent’s %), 2 Home (.237 %)
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