It's true, before last week I was ready to start talking about Bucks playoff tickets. Not literally of course, but things looked good coming out of Thanksgiving weekend. Then the Bucks go out and promptly cough up four games in a row, a couple of which were handed down by the dregs of the NBA.
The Sixers game last Tuesday represented the first home loss of the year, a double-digit job no less. After another big loss on the road against the Hawks, who've actually played respectable ball so far, the Bucks had a chance to redeem themselves against the Knicks at the Garden and split a two game trip.
The Bucks had their collective foot on the proverbial throat of the Knicks heading into the fourth quarter. They started the final period with a commanding 12 point lead but managed to score just 11 more points the rest of the game. They left New York on the wrong side of a three point loss; the most painful one of the year, at least for this Bucks fan.
Like my good friend Napoleon Ming just said to me, "You gotta have a short memory in the NBA." That's a true statement. If you're the Bucks you don't really have time to dwell on last week; you're getting ready to kick off a five-game West Coast road trip tonight against the Clippers, who've lost their last 5 and 8 of their last 10. Milwaukee needs to start this trip on the right foot... that's the right foot firmly on the Clippers throat.