Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Milwaukee Bucks Need To Close Out Close Games

Milwaukee Bucks Need to Close out Close GamesSomeone tweeted the other day that if basketball was like hockey with 3 periods, then the Milwaukee Bucks would be drowning in championship rings. I thought that was a very fitting analysis of the way the Milwaukee Bucks have been playing lately. They start out games strong, maintain a nice lead through the half and then manage to drop the lead by the last quarter. In the last few games (with the exception of their win over the New Jersey Nets), the Milwaukee Bucks have lost games by a five point margin or less. That's nothing! Last Monday against the Magic, the Bucks had the lead by 2 points with less than 30 seconds left and the Magic topped them 93-90. So how can the Milwaukee Bucks close out these close games? By keeping up a high level of intensity, finding ways to make those key baskets, and playing aggressively always.

The Milwaukee Bucks do have talent. This talent was evident on Sunday night against the New Jersey Nets. Just look at players like Ilyasova, Delfino, Jennings, and Leuer. These guys have skills and when they are on fire, they're unstoppable. They just need to be on fire all of the time. As it stands now, the Milwaukee Bucks would have the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. To make it to the playoffs, the Bucks would need an 8th seed. If they start closing out close games, I think we will see our Milwaukee Bucks in this year's playoffs.

Friday, February 17, 2012

What's Wrong With the Milwaukee Bucks?

After the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the last-place New Orleans Hornets, I can't help but ask the question, "What's wrong with the Milwaukee Bucks?" The Bucks started off the season with such promise, having defeated the Miami Heat in Miami and once again at the Bradley Center. Then Andrew Bogut suffered another serious injury and it seems as though the air has been sucked out of the Bucks. Brandon Jennings himself said after Wednesday's game that his performance lacked energy. The Milwaukee Bucks have strong players in Jennings, Leuer, Ilyasova, and Gooden, but as was the case last year, it feels as though the team lacks cohesion and unwavering passion. As usual, there's talk of the Bucks needing a new arena, but nobody wants to fund such a project with the Bucks' record. If that's not enough, the Milwaukee Bucks are a small market team and don't draw the crowds that bigger markets draw, making Milwaukee not the most desirable place for NBA players to play.

I think the Milwaukee Bucks should forget about all of that drama and focus on playing as a cohesive unit. Play with passion and play every game with a high level of energy. When Brandon Jennings is on fire, he's unstoppable. The Milwaukee Bucks should give fans a reason to drop everything and run to the Bradley Center for a Milwaukee Bucks game. Playing with passion and intensity will bring fans to the Bradley Center to cheer on the Milwaukee Bucks. We saw a glimpse of this during the Bucks playoffs several years ago, but they've been unable to duplicate that excitement.