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The Bucks 2011-12 schedule was released. Again. The month-to-month dynamics haven’t changed much for the Bucks. January is still conspiring against them, except this time they won’t have two months to build a decent cushion. And the Bucks may be too tired after January to mount any sort of a comeback.
I think we can all agree that these scheduling quirks, plus the fact that the Bucks don’t have a superstar yet, prove that the lockout was just a giant anti-Milwaukee conspiracy.
- If it wasn’t clear from the chart, the schedule is just a never-ending series of three games in four days. I couldn’t figure out where one ended and the another began.
- The Bucks kick off January with a eight games in 12 days. Six of those games are on the road. One of the home games is against the Spurs. The last game of that stretch is at Dallas.
- The back end of January has a six games in nine days stretch. The Los Angeles Lakers will be in Milwaukee during this on Saturday the 28th.
- The only not-terrible schedule part of January features three games in the middle of the month. These games are against three playoff teams from last year: Philadelphia, Denver and New York.
- February has the Bucks only four in five. The first three games are at Phoenix, at Toronto and at Cleveland. A very winnable stretch. Chalk up an L for the last game vs. Orlando.
- Not that I think this is going to be the biggest problem, but if there was ever a year to actively vote against a Bucks player making the All-Star game, this is the year. Five days of rest at the end of February will be great for everyone.
- Six games in eight days. That’s what the middle of March has in store. It starts at Portland and finishes against Atlanta. Yes, this is this includes the dreaded back-to-back-to-back stretch and has the incredibly unfair five games in six days included. Boston and New York are somewhere in that quagmire.
- Interestingly, the back end of the back-to-back-to-back is against the Pacers who will also be at the end of their back-to-back-to-back. Reserve your seat at the Bradley Center now because that game will be so good.
- April has nine home games and five road games. So if there’s anything left in the tank (doubtful), the Bucks have the schedule to make their move. Two games each against the Wizards and Pacers. One game apiece against the Nets and Sixers. Four teams that could possibly be competing for the lower playoff seeds in the Eastern Conference. Plus games against the Raptors, Cavaliers, and Pistons. If the Bucks are within range of the playoffs at all come April, they control their own destiny.
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