Sunday, March 13, 2011

Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report - Week 20

Welcome to the Week 20 Version of the
Milwaukee Bucks Mid-Week Report:

Look out now, there is a new Milwaukee Bucks team in town. In building a 3-game winning streak, tied for their best of the season, the Bucks have been a combined +67 points over their last three opponents. The win at Washington, Milwaukee's first road win in over a month, and the victory over Cleveland came against two cellar teams in the Eastern Conference, but the 28 point win against Philadelphia means a bit more because of the 76ers current standing as a playoff team. Milwaukee now sits a half game out of the playoffs, despite a record of 26-38. With 18 games left, and a somewhat favorable schedule down the stretch, the ball is in their court.

What We Have Seen:
We've seen the Bucks do something against Philadelphia that they hadn't done since December: win all 4 quarters of a basketball game. December 21st at the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee won all 4 quarters in a tough road game against the defending NBA champions, but has had a tough time putting together complete game performances since.

What We Have Not Seen:
We haven't seen losses! There have been two games in the week so far, and two wins. The last two of the week are at Boston (46-17) and at Atlanta (38-28), so it will all depend if this recent Bucks' team continues to show up to games.

What We Wish We Would Have Seen:
The rare stretch of dominating wins leaves fans without much to ask for as of right now. Sure, things could have gone differently up until now, but if they happen to have found the answers to a couple of their big questions, it's come at the perfect time.

What We Wish We Could See But It Has Not Happened Yet So Therefore We Cannot See It:
What we haven't seen is Milwaukee maintain the same effort for a stretch of games. They haven't done much this season to convince people they can keep that going, but that was also the same story last season when they made a big run to the playoffs. The injury problems they have had kept the team from creating any resemblance of chemistry between the players. This would be the right time to get that going.

Some Stats to Know:
Last 10 Games: 5-5 Record (1-1 road, 4-4 home)
Next 10 Games: 5 Road (.505 Oppenent's %), 5 Home (.489 %)

Milwaukee Brian's Bucks Report runs from Wednesday-Tuesday and covers all the highlights, all the highs and lows of the 2010-11 Milwaukee Bucks season. Topics can be found at Pocket Doppler - The Wisconsin Sports Blog and Milwaukee Brian Sports

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