The Bucks’ 5 games in 6 nights stretch is over, and unfortunately, they won the least important two. Losing to Boston, New York, and Indiana only pushed them further out of playoff contention. Last night’s 33 point outburst from Monta Ellis seems to have given the franchise a ray of hope, only a day after losing a crucial game against New York. What’s next? Five of the next six opponent are against sub-.500 teams, so don’t lose all hope yet.

Recap

03/26/12 Bucks @ Knicks

Box Score

Analysis: JSOnlineBrewhoopBehind the Buck Pass

03/27/12 Bucks v. Hawks

Box Score

Analysis: JSOnlineBrewhoopBehind the Buck Pass

Power Rankings

Marc Stein: 20
John Hollinger: 16
NBA.com: 19

Coverage

Onmilwaukee.com caught up with newly acquired PF/C Ekpe Udoh to discuss his transition to Milwaukee. Udoh’s pretty candid here, talking about everything from how he heard he was coming to Milwaukee (locker room TV), to being used to winter. Hard not to admire the guy for his honesty in a world of canned responses.

CNN profiles Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as a part of their African Voices series. From a basketball perspective it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but it offers a glimpse into Moute’s upbringing, his pride for his homeland, and his commitment to children.

Apparently, Oakland breeds honesty. After his 33 point performance last night, Monta Ellis said family was a big reason he played so well. “I saw my wife (Juanika) today. She really lifted me up; because that’s the first time she’s been here. And then to see my kids (son Monta Jr. and daughter Myla) on FaceTime, that really lifted me up, so I just wanted to come out and have some fun tonight.” Sounds more and more like the Bucks traded one classy guy for another.

Michael Hunt thinks it’s time for Monta Ellis to take over this Bucks team. What do you think?

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