Buck Hits: More losing, Bogut’s Generosity

Unfortunately, the extra night off in Atlanta didn’t help the Bucks in any shape or form, dropping games to both the Spurs and the Sixers last week. Five of the last six games have been losses for this Milwaukee Buck team that, despite their injury woes, are doing themselves no favors. But when the season isn’t going so well, you look for something to be positive about. Read more below and see if you can’t crack a smile.


01/12/11 Bucks vs. Spurs

Box Score

Analysis: BucksketballJSOnlineBrewhoop

Game Notes: Matt Bonner scored 17 points in the second half. Bucks lose. Enough said.

01/14/11 Bucks @ Sixers

Box Score

Analysis: Bucksketball, JSOnlineBrewhoop

Power Rankings

John Hollinger’s rating system has the Bucks at 16th best in the NBA.

Marc Stein at ESPN.com dropped the Bucks four spots, good for 19th in the NBA. Stein, however, still believes in the deer, stating, “The combo of an easier schedule and health that has to get better is why you keep hearing know-it-alls like me say they have a second-half run in them.”

The staff at NBA.com pegs the Bucks as the #1 disapointment in the league this year, and now has the team at 20th in their power rankings.
Charles Gardner is again losing faith in the sinking Bucks, penning them as 22nd best in the league.
The Rest
Charles Gardner reflects upon the 2010 MLK Day matchup between the Bucks and Rockets. As a devoted fan, I’d love to be this optimistic. Can the Bucks put together another run like they did last year? We’ll see starting this afternoon with the 2011 MLK Day rematch against the Rockets.
Additional JSOnline.com Bucks coverage features another depressing look at the Bucks injuries, which hopefully explains why Bogut’s offense has been sputtering as of late. Charles Gardner also sits down with Scott Skiles, where he still considers Ilyasova a NBA sophomore.
Brandon Jennings endorsement deals are nothing to be sneezed at, and now Jennings is throwing his name on a high school basketball tournament, aptly named the Brandon Jennings Invitational. The tourney will be held at Marquette High School the afternoon of the 22nd. As fun as this all is, let’s just hope that these deals, events, and endorsements don’t derail Jennings recovery and development.
The struggles of the Bucks are nothing compared to the real world struggles with flooding in Australia. Enter Andrew Bogut, who is auctioning off a Bucks dream package to benefit the flood victims in his home continent. The package is coming out of his pocket and all contributions go to the flood victims. Bold, caring, and inspiring move, Andrew.
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