Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bucks Look Lost Without Redd, Fall to T'Wolves

The Timberwolves are one of the worst teams in the league, or at least, they were. But since the start of the new year, the Timberwolves have raced to a 10-2 record, with two of those wins coming against your Milwaukee Bucks. The latest effort was a controlling 90-83 victory on Monday night at the Bradley Center.

When the Bucks lost Michael Redd for the season, it put a damper on what was looking to be a playoff season for Milwaukee. Sure, without Redd these guys would need to step up offensively, and perhaps swing a deal or two to stay competitive. But after last night's showing, I'm almost tempted to say this season is already lost.

It's not that the Bucks just looked bad on Monday, it looked like they thought their season was over as well. As good as Redd is, all you're really missing when he's out is a pure scorer, someone should be able to step up and fill that void. Charlie Villaneuva? Charlie Bell? How about the big trade target Richard Jefferson? Somebody needs to step up, and it didn't look like anyone was willing to in the Timberwolves game.

The Bucks stayed close in the first half, but this one was over midway through the 3rd. In fact, in the 4th quarter, the Bucks could have been able to make a comeback, but Skiles trotted out a lineup that wasn't worthy of many NBA courts. He left RJ and CV on the bench, while guys like Malik Allen were forced to effort the comeback. Clearly, it didn't work.

I don't yet want to say that this season is over, but based on last night, things aren't looking too bright. However, this team has been kind of playing streaky lately, so who knows what we'll see on Wednesday against the Pacers.

Box Score. AP Photo by Jim Prisching. TBCPOTG: Sessions.


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