Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report – Week 24
Welcome to the Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:
What We Have Seen:
We’ve seen the mystery of the 2010/11 Milwaukee Bucks season continue down to the last week. In back-to-back road games in Florida, against two Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Bucks fought tooth and nail down to the final buzzer against the Orlando Magic, and maintained a lead nearly the entire game in a victory over the currently 2nd-seeded Miami Heat. The win in Miami was especially nice as it avoided the season sweep vs. the Heat who are jockeying for playoff positioning. The mystery came when the Bucks proceeded to get stepped on by the (slightly worse than the Bucks) Detroit Pistons. The entire season for Milwaukee was scarred by losses to teams in the lower half of the league.
What We Have Not Seen:
We have never seen Drew Gooden put up a triple-double in his entire career until Saturday night, when he went for 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. Where did that come from? People do crazy things when there is nothing left to fight for. But the current Bucks, under the regime of General Manager John Hammond and Head Coach Scott Skiles, are a group that doesn’t give up easily. Even with injured players being shut down the rest of the year, they’ve been an aggressive bunch, and will continue to be in the future.
What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
People will love to speculate how the season would have been different without the injuries. The biggest one happened a year ago to Andrew Bogut, who never fully recovered after two surgeries, and who will undergo a third one on the same arm and elbow on Tuesday. They can no longer answer the “what if’s” this season, but they’ll have to come out with a vengeance next year.
What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
We are a bit nervous to see how the home crowd will treat the team in the final Bradley Center game Monday night. What size crowd will be in attendance? Will they boo a dismal season, or will they cheer the long-awaited end of this mess? Will they cheer for the effort the Bucks put up most nights? What kind of reaction will Michael Redd get in his final home game for the Bucks? I still believe he deserves his jersey in the rafters. Say what you will about the contract given to him, but Michael Redd was a true hero on so many disgusting Bucks teams in the 2000s, the direct result of former General Manager Larry Harris and his failures in the front office.
Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 5-5 Record (3-4 road, 2-1 home)
Final 2 Games: 1 Road (.675 Oppenent’s %), 1 Home (.275 %)
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