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Why?: Kings 96 – Bucks 95

| December 20, 2009

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(Note: Sorry about the lack of a game preview and slow to arrive recap of the Kings game.  It’s the holidays, friends are in town, things are going on, I’ll try to see to it that this doesn’t happen again.  The Kings game was the first game I was unable to make it to, and naturally it wasn’t on TV either, so it’s hard for me to be exceptionally thorough about this one.)

  • Another night, another last second loss.  This type of thing is becoming as common as flying and dribbling for the Milwaukee Bucks of 2009-10.  After a particularly gut-wrenching home loss to the Sacramento Kings Saturday night, I’m left with a number of questions.
  • Why can’t the Bucks win close games?
  • Why do other teams get good looks in important spots and the Bucks are left to flail contested impossible heaves?
  • How could Andrew Bogut ever go 6-20?
  • Has anyone ever before seen such violent swings in minutes as in the case of Charlie Bell?  His four minutes Saturday come after 32 and 27 in the previous two, which followed two DNP-CD’s.
  • And speaking of Bell, it comes to my attention that he was on the court for the very final play of the game.  On offense.  Which may be a little more difficult to succeed at after not having played for a while.  He came back in, after having played four minutes all night.  Didn’t Luc Richard Mbah a Moute not come in against the Lakers because he hadn’t been playing?  Didn’t that happen!?  DIDN’T IT!?  Sigh.
  • Will Michael Redd ever again hit two free throws in a row?
  • Why can’t Redd hit free throws?
  • Did Brandon Jennings and  Bogut combine to miss their last 13 shots?  Is this an accurate figure?  I counted twice.  What are the odds of that?  50-1? 100-1?  5-1?
  • After a rough two games at the office, has Luke Ridnour finally come back down to Earth?
  • In games LRMAM plays at least 30 minutes, the Bucks are now 4-2.  In games he plays less the Bucks are 3-7.  Has he proven he needs over 30 minutes a night yet?
  • Now that the Bucks are healthy, is there any hope for a semblance of a rotation emerging?  Kurt Thomas has appeared to grab hold of backup center minutes, Hakim Warrick is entrenched as the backup power forward and Ridnour at point, but when will a rotation work itself out amongst the swingmen?
  • And if a rotation is established, will Jodie Meeks be facing the D-League?  He had a nice line against the Kings, five points two assists and two steals in nine minutes, but doesn’t Redd squeeze him out?
  • When the Bucks staff watched Jason Thompson, were they thinking, “This is exactly the guy we need here,”?  Because they should have been.
  • Isn’t Tyreke Evans the other piece the Bucks need?  But I’d love him to be playing NEXT to Brandon Jennings, not instead of him.  Evans is a helluva wing player, but this point guard thing will never makes sense to me.  In the last few minutes, sure.  Then just give him the ball and let him make a play, but I’d rather have Jennings running my team for the first 45 minutes.

Lots more questions than answers at this point for the Milwaukee Bucks.  But when a team is trying to reincorporate it’s ex-star with it’s new stars, it’s not easy.  Yes, Redd’s been struggling the last two games after one  nice game, but it’s all just a work in progress.  Give Milwaukee at least ten games with Redd before panic is allowed to set it.  As long as the Bucks keep games close, they’re bound to win a few more of these last second games.  I refuse to panic until after ten games of Redd’s return or a dip down to five games below .500.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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  1. JuniourJack says:

    Bucks lost because Ilyasova played less than 30 mins ok maybe 29? forget about Jennings. did you ever watch while he was playing in Europe? he was close to “nothing”. If you give the ball and allow him shoot like this, of course he will score 19-20 pts but what about rhytm? Day by day, he is more looking like a spoiled child to me anyways. If Ily plays less than 30 mins, then Bucks will lose a lot games this season, thats my bet.

  2. patrick monaghan says:

    this was a very good piece i was very impressed with how the bucks managed it early on but they really do need to start closing out games or else i hope they can do that soon.

  3. Milwaukee_Buck says:

    It’s time to come down to earth about the MKE Bucks. After this past week, I had to realize that the Bucks aren’t playing for the championship necessarily. They are playing for experience, respect, and a playoff seed. They are acheiving those goals at this point, not excelling in them, but succeeding.

  4. Milwaukee_Buck says:

    And to generate some fans and media coverage.

  5. imnotjesus says:

    i was at the game. Bell came in for the last play on offense for LRMAM, then replaced Jennings for the last play on defense… and gave up the winning layup (with “help” from Bogut).

    Also, free throws free throws free throws. please make some free throws. please.

    Team defense is a major issue for the Bucks right now. Ilyasova played some tough defense on the wing only to have breakdowns behind him lead to easy baskets on more than one occasion.

    Redd is completely out of sync with the rest of the team and clearly doesn’t have… something… back yet. He looks really bad.

    Bogut cannot consistently hit the jump hook if it’s contested. He may be listed at 7 feet, but he plays much shorter than that, except for help defense when he’s able to get a running start to block shots.

    Tyreke Evans and Jennings both played well, but Evans showed that he has a more polished game overall. He really reminds me of Dwyane Wade, except with a bigger upper body. I think he could be that good. And i was the one that thought he’d be a classic tweener bust coming out of college. I’m a convert now.

    Also, i noticed that Dan Gadzuric was not with the team last night. Meeks and Elson were active and only Joe Alexander was in street clothes on the bench. Anyone know what’s up with DannyG?

  6. Jeremy says:

    Gadz has a strained patella I believe. He also isn’t good.