Somehow the 2012-13 regular season is over and somehow the Milwaukee Bucks are in the playoffs with a record of 38-44. They’ll open their postseason this Sunday in Miami and they’ll probably end their postseason next Sunday in Milwaukee. Hopefully this series with the Heat is more entertaining than embarrassing and hopefully these are the last four (or five if you believe) games we ever have to watch the Swag Twins together. I would say I’m going to miss them, but that would be a lie. Here’s your recap of the past week.
The end of the regular season means awards season, as well. The only Bucks player in the running for awards is our pride and joy Larry Sanders. He’s up for Defensive Player and Most Improved Player of the Year. Over at Brew Hoop, Steve von Horn made an argument for and against Sanders for DPOY. And at Grantland, Zach Lowe named Sanders his MIP and at CBS Sports, Matt Moore made a small case for Sanders for DPOY. It seems like MIP is the most likely award for Sanders to win with Marc Gasol the likely winner for DPOY.
More from Zach Lowe at Grantland. On Wednesday he wrote a “mega” list of things he likes and doesn’t like in the NBA and in the list he discussed Ersan Ilyasova’s reemergence and Mike Dunleavy’s hook shot. On Ilyasova:
“He can do a little bit of everything, and as long as he shoots like this from 3-point range, Ilyasova will be a very valuable offensive player. His defense ranges from very shaky to basically acceptable, but he brings enough value on the other end to compensate. A fun, fun player.”
At SB Nation, Mike Prada wrote a great play-analysis article on Ilyasova and how the Bucks use him in a make-shift pick-and-roll to get him open threes. Everyone should read it and learn things.
Back to Brew Hoop, on Tuesday Dan Sinclair wrote an article about how many players on the Bucks performed the opposite of how we predicted they would at the beginning of the season. The best example is obviously Sanders’ incredible emergence, but Sinclair also makes cases for Samuel Dalembert, J.J. Redick, Ekpe Udoh, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. It’s a very good read.
At Behind the Buck Pass, KL Chouinard wrote an interesting article about Ellis’ ability to effectively play point guard. Even if he can, I’ll be really super sad if he opts in to his player option or the Bucks resign him this summer. “Down with Swag” is my motto for this summer.
Finally, The Business Journal reported on Wednesday that the Bucks increased their attendance 2.2 percent over last year. Woooohoooo! Pop the bubbly, baby!