(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.