I'm Hugh Jass, and they say that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Actually, if you're the Milwaukee Bucks, yesterday was the first day of the rest of your season. And if you were the Milwaukee Bucks, you took that first step toward the potential glorious resurrection of your season and fell right on your ass.
Last night the Bucks hosted Detroit, one of the strongest teams in the East. It was their first game back after the All Star break. Michael Redd was suiting up for the first time in six weeks. There was a hopeful feeling in the air. Here's where it all turns around. It was almost like an early spring. The Bucks ended their night on the wrong side of the scoreboard with a loss by the smallest of margins.
I guess it's still winter.
In and of itself, losing on the home wood to a formidable opponent like Detroit by a single point isn't the end of the world, but tough losses like this one have been piling up for the better part of four months. With just 28 games left - the next one on the road at Indiana later tonight - the Bucks are running out of minutes to put together a productive season, which at this point, in the sunniest sunshine, has them back-dooring themselves into the final playoff spot as a sub-five hundred team. Sounds a lot like last April, eah Bucks fans.
Sure it was a tough loss, and yes it was a close game, but it's a game the Bucks needed to put in the "W" column. If you're like me, you don't want to hear about any 8th playoff spot. I want to hear about the Bucks loosing some weight. The specific weight I'm talking about can be seen on this new shirt I'll be wearing to the next home game.