The Bucks are more or less in the same spot they were in a week ago. On the outside looking in. This time, they face the grimm reality of A.) having to go 6-0 to earn their playoff spot or B.) relying on Philly or New York to lose much more than they do. Squeaking into the playoffs is not out of the question, but had they defeated New York last week or Indiana on Saturday, they’d be in a much safer place right now.
04/09/12 Bucks v. Pacers
Charles Gardner of JSOnline talks about the Bucks’ recent road success (8 of last 9) coupled with their recent home failures (0 of last 3). Gardner also DEVOTED AN ENTIRE ARTICLE TO LARRY SANDERS. Don’t let it go to your head, Larry.
Much has been said about the Bucks’ transition from defensive stopper to offensive juggernaut, from Gardner’s take to newly acquired bucks.com writer Alex Boeder’s perspective, but the proof is really in the numbers. Ranked 1st in assists and 5th in points per game, Skiles has shown his ability to lead a selfless, fast paced offense. The Bucks have given up on defense, however, allowing 98.7 points per game, good for 21st worst in the league.
Steve Von Horn over at Brewhoop compiled his wish-list for a non-playoff bound Bucks team. In four words: Develop the young guys.
Jake McCormick at Behind the Buck Pass gives Mike Dunleavy some well deserved man-love.
The obligatory remaining games table is below (everyone cheer hard for the Cavs):
|Wed 18 @ Washington||Wed 18 @ New Jersey||Wed 18 @ Cleveland|
|Thu 19 @ Indiana||Fri 20 @ Cleveland||Sat 21 @ Indiana|
|Sat 21 vs New Jersey||Sun 22 @ Atlanta||Mon 23 @ New Jersey
|Mon 23 vs Toronto||Wed 25 vs LA Clippers||Wed 25 @ Milwaukee|
|Wed 25 vs Philadelphia||Thu 26 @ Charlotte||Thu 26 @ Detroit|
|Thu 26 @ Boston|
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