Wednesday, February 23, 2011

One Down, Twenty-Six to Go


I know that would be some kind of impossible record if the Bucks won all 27 games after the all star break, but hey, I can dream right? Milwaukee was able to win their first post-break contest however, which is a good start, as they for once actually made shots in the fourth quarter to take care of Minnesota 94-88. Brandon Jennings went 5-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:16 to seal the deal for the Bucks. Luke Ridnour made a jumper with 2:00 minutes left to make it close, but that was the last bucket the Wolves would score. This wasn't a perfect game for the Bucks, but they did do what they needed to do to get the win.

The weekend off served the Bucks well, as Milwaukee came out hot in the first part of the first quarter. But the renewed energy wore off quickly, as they then went back to missing a lot of shots. Milwaukee finished 30-79 from the field, and 7-30 from downtown. Milwaukee did get to the free throw line where they finished 27-31. If they can keep doing that this team can win games. The defense is there, but no one is shooting particularly well.

Individually, Brandon Jennings led the way with 27 points, and led the team with 7 assists, but he didn't stop there as he had a team high 3 steals. Corey Maggette was the spark off the bench as he finished with 20 points. Jon Brockman also played a shocking 25 minutes, which allowed him to finish the game with 14 rebounds. He played a big role in keeping Kevin Love away from offensive rebounds. The young Wolves All-Star did collect 17 boards when all was said and done, but only four were on the offensive glass.

Andrew Bogut was again a no show on offense, which is why Brockman saw so many minutes in the first place. Bogut finished with just seven points and six rebounds. He could maybe have a big game against the Knicks tonight, because they don't have a true center. Something is not right with Andrew, and that is really hurting the Bucks right now. It would be nice to have Drew Gooden back to play some minutes. I would guess that Mbah a Moute looks to be the man in charge of covering Amare Stoudamire tonight, but that could change.

So the Bucks have 26 games left on their schedule, and realistically I think the Bucks need a record of at least 17-9 to make the playoffs. You have to figure they need a record at least that well because all of the other teams in the hunt are all around the .500 mark. Then again, the Pacers, 76ers, and Bobcats are all teams that could fall apart late. But this time of year is when the Bucks turned it on last season. The question now will be if they can do it again. I don't see much going on in the trading world for the Bucks, so my guess is going to be that the team you see now is the one that will have to have a great end of the year run to make it back to the postseason.

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