Buck Hits: Who’s team is it anyway?

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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3 Comments

  1. Not really related to this post but with NCAA done, there is a lot of draft chatter going on.  ESPN’s mock draft has the Bucks going big but wouldn’t it make more sense to pick a shooting guard?  With Udoh, LRMAM, Sanders, Leuer, Harris and (hopefully) Ilysaova coming back next year, it seems like the F/C spots are pretty well handled compared to the guard positions.  Who knows if both Ellis and Jennings will be here, Udrih has a player option, Livingston has a team option and Delfino’s contract is up.  I think the Bucks could really use to add a guard who brings size/athleticism and/or shooting to their backcourt, since Dunleavy/Delfino are not real athletic, and Ellis/Jennings are not real big and not real great jump shooters.
     
    If the Bucks end up around 10-20 in the draft, probably available are: 6’5″ Jeremy Lamb, 6’4″ Austin Rivers and 6’6″ Terrance Ross.  Wouldn’t any of those guys be a better add than another big?  I could see an argument for a traditional center, though.

    • PattiRafalskiDavison

       @andyxc13 Is a puzzlement.  Do we draft based on the contracts we renew or do we renew contracts based on who we draft?  Could use a SG with a little height and beef provided they can defend and score.  Would be nice to be in a position to draft the best player available without trying to plug some gaping hole.

  2. PattiRafalskiDavison

    Nice stuff Brian.  I enjoyed reading all the articles that you cited above.  Thanks for doing all the leg work!