The Bucks won. Hooray. Bigger news: they’re one loss or Sixers win away from officially being knocked out of the playoffs. So let’s be realistic – the season is over.

There’s been some talk on this blog about whether or not it was all worth it. Whether the season was just a waste and whether the last ten seasons were all also a giant waste. There’s a strong argument to be made for tanking: better chance at a franchise player which will lead to more wins and more money and more relevancy. It’s a smart move. It’s much smarter than scratching and clawing just to stay in place.

When Clayton Bennett bought the Sonics, he blew the team up. The Maloofs right now are leading a fun little tank job as part of the debacle going on in Sacramento. The guide to relocating a sports team is right out of the Major League script: blow up the team, drive attendance as low as possible, cry about revenue then run out of town as fast as possible.

I’m happy they fought this season and I’m happy they fought every other season too (the 2006-07 season not included). And I’ll support them if they continue to fight because it means ownership still cares about Milwaukee and they’re still committed to making it work.

This doesn’t mean much right now because Herb Kohl would keep the team in Wisconsin no matter what. He is selling soon though. When he sells, if the new owners blows everything up and starts tanking, it won’t necessarily be the signs of a smart, new ownership, it could be a sign of something far worse than mediocrity.

Game Notes

  • Bucks scored 53 points in the first half without hitting a single shot outside of 10 feet. There are degrees of nuance in judging defense, but if you want a really simple yes/no answer to whether or not a team plays good defense, look at how they perform against the Bucks. The Bucks offense right now is just a pretty simple motion offense full of offball movement. Good defenses pay attention to guys moving without the ball. Bad defenses like the Nets are completely flabbergasted by the idea of someone moving without the ball. The Bucks fed off cuts to the basket and fast breaks in the first half.
  • Despite the first half dominance, the game was still in jeopardy with two minutes left in the game until Brandon Jennings started raining daggers to put the game away. A big 30 point game from him would have garnered an A grade if I decided to do grades. Monta Ellis would have received a D+ with his atrocious shooting performance. The two inefficient shooters seem to exist on separate islands from the rest of the offense and the distance might be too great for them to traverse back to the team. Due to time constraints caused by the lockout(lack of practice, lack of training camp) and the Bogut/Ellis trade, it’s pretty clear that the new Bucks offense isn’t quite complete.
  • Ersan Ilyasova had 17 rebounds tonight. He is an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Bucks will never rebound again.