Tag:Milwaukee Bucks
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Andrew Bogut done for rest of season

Posted by Royce Young

When teams start realizing there's nothing left to play for, you start seeing players shut down. And the latest is Andrew Bogut.

Via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bogut is done for the rest of the season as he'll have athroscopic surgery on his right elbow. Of course you'll remember that's the elbow that Bogut injured horrifically last season on a hard fall.

I guess "rest of the season" makes things sound like a big deal, but it's just four games. But it could be key in making sure he's healthy for training camp. Just an extra week ahead is big in recovery. That is of course, if there is a next season.

It had already been decided that Bogut would have surgery following the season but with the Bucks eliminated from the postseason, they're getting a head start.

Bogut played through discomfort and pain this entire season and had to deal with lingering affects from it. With him last season, Bogut was a near All-Star big man and helped lead the postseason. But after his injury, the team wasn't the same. And since he wasn't the same this year, therefore the team disappointed.

It's not like he had a horrible year though. Bogut played in 65 games averaging 12.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. In rebounds and blocks, those are actually career highs. But he was clearly uncomfortable and had to compensate for not being able to fully extend his right arm.

Bogut's year is more a tribute of what a tough player he is than anything else. That injury was just horrible and his recovery hasn't gone that well. Yet he played in three-fourths of his team's games and put up really solid numbers. Tip of the cap, Mr. Bogut.

Hopefully this helps him because Bogut truly is one of the best centers in the game. He plays terrific defense, can score with his back to the basket, uses both hands (when they work), and rebounds well. With him healthy, the Bucks are a much, much better team.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Dwyane Wade to miss Heat game Wednesday

Dwyane Wade out Wednesday night against Milwaukee Bucks with lingering thigh bruise. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade will miss Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with continuing soreness in his thigh, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinal. As we blogged about Tuesday, the Heat are trying to leverage needing to win games to ensure the second, and possibly top overall seed in the East versus making sure Wade's healthy. 

Against the worst offense in the league in Milwaukee, and considering how sore Wade still is, this likely wasn't a difficult decision for Wade or head coach Erik Spoelstra. Without Wade, expected increased work from LeBron James, as we've seen when Wade's been out earlier this season. Wade's missed four games this season with various injuries. Expect him to take his sweet time getting back from the bruise, though it's hard to see him missing Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics
Posted on: April 4, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Brandon Jennings calls out teammates, management

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings lashes out at his teammates and management. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-jennings

As we noted back at the end of December, the Milwaukee Bucks are one of the few teams this season that entered the 2010-2011 campaign with major expectations and then fell flat on their faces. There are a bunch of bad teams in the NBA but, by and large, the lottery teams today are the lottery teams that were expected in October.

The Bucks, however, entered this season by extending coach Scott Skiles and with the playoffs, and possibly contending for a Central Division title, in mind. That didn't happen. At all. 

At 31-45, Milwaukee will soon be mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture and Brandon Jennings isn't happy about it. The Racine Journal-Times reports that the second year point guard is blasting off in every direction, calling out his teammates for their lack of effort and his team's management for their moves. 
After the Bucks were virtually eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs in a loss Friday to the Indiana Pacers, Bucks starting point guard Brandon Jennings publicly expressed what many of his teammates had privately felt for months. "Some guys have the mind-set of winning on the team and some guys just don't,'' Jennings said.
Jennings then an indirectly took a shot at Bucks general manager John Hammond, assistant general manager Jeff Weltman and coach Scott Skiles, the three biggest personnel decision-makers in the organization next to owner Herb Kohl. "We traded a lot of pieces I feel like we should have kept,'' Jennings said. "But that's part of the business and you've got to roll with it.''
Jennings is 21 years old, has dealt with a foot injury that caused him to miss a bunch of time this season and is an emotional person who wears his heart on his sleeve. With that said, true point guards and leaders are better than this.

Clearly, any assessment of responsibility should start with Jennings himself. He's taken a step backwards this season statistically, averaging less than five assists per game despite starting 55 games so far and playing more than 34 minutes a night. Sure, the shooting talent around him leaves a lot to be desired, but ramping up his ability to get others involved would be a great first step in launching a "winning mindset" among his teammates.

Speaking of the winning mindset, jacking five three-pointers a game when you shoot 32.5% from downtown is the opposite of a winning mindset. That's just bleeding inefficiency all over the court and setting up your team for failure. Three options: become a better shooter, take better shots or take fewer shots. The math on those numbers will never compute to success and it's not anyone else's fault. That's on Jennings. 

Questioning your team's management is almost never a good idea in the NBA, especially when you're 21 years old. Nothing good can come from it and that type of thing has the power to alter a franchise's path in a negative way, cutting into the trust that needs to exist between front office and star player. If something needs to be said, say it behind closed doors.

Hopefully there's someone that's in Jennings' ear right now letting him know that if he continues to be the 27th most efficient point guard in the NBA he better get used to dealing with the losing, regardless of how hard he's trying. Succeeding in the NBA isn't always about effort and dedication. No one can question Jennings' love of the game, but he needs to develop his understanding of its nuances as well as the ability to hold himself accountable on the court before pointing fingers off of it.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 1:18 am
 

Two weeks to go, the playoff picture is clearing

Posted by Royce Young



It's April. That's not an April Fools joke. It really is April.

That means mid-way through this month, about half the league will be done playing. And the other half's season will just be starting.

The NBA playoff picture is kind of like one of those 3D images where you have to cross your eyes to see it. It's all coming together, it's all becoming much more clear. We've almost zeroed in on the 16 teams that will be standing come April 16, but the back ends of the East and West still need some settling.

The most contested races right now are the crawl to eighth and the fight for second in the East and the battle for second and eighth in the West. But, really, nothing is all that certain. Let's try and clear this fuzzy playoff picture.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Battle for the top: Chicago (55-20), Miami (53-22, 2.5 back of CHI), Boston (52-23, 3.0 back of CHI)

It's a three-team race for the top spot in the East, with the Bulls appearing to have a pretty good grip on the situation. The Celtics have been slipping after appearing to have quite the handle on things. Then they traded Kendrick Perkins, everyone cried and things started to go bad.

Of course the Heat are lingering and a favorable schedule, they could realistically win out. That could very well slide them into at least the two spot and maybe push the Bulls for the top. Wouldn't that be something.

But it really looks like this is Chicago's conference to lose. The Celtics being three back is a pretty big gap to close and even with the Heat's nice schedule to close, the Bulls are just playing too good right now. They'll likely finish the way they stand now with it going Chicago, Miami, then Boston, which of course would mean the Heat would play New York in the opening round. That'll be fun.

Looking locked in: Orlando (47-28), Atlanta (44-32, 4.0 back of ORL)

There is a chance that Atlanta catches Orlando for the four-seed. It's about as likely as Robert Tractor Traylor staging an NBA comeback, but it's possible. The Magic currently hold a four-game lead over the Hawks, but Orlando's schedule of seven games is pretty easy to close.

The Hawks are finally playing some decent basketball and their 85-82 win over the Magic and a big 88-83 win over the Celtics Friday will be big confidence boosters leading in to an opening round series with Orlando. It looks like Atlanta will concede home court to the Magic, though. Everyone remembers the absolute destruction of the Hawks by Orlando in the opening round last season, and it didn't matter if those games were played on the moon, the Hawks weren't winning. Maybe things will be different this year, but I think we can be pretty sure this is the 4-5 matchup in the East.

Light jockeying: Philadelphia (34-36), New York (37-38, 2.5 back of PHI)


It's funny to look back at things people like me were writing after the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony. I actually questioned if the Knicks were contenders this year. We were all wondering if the Knicks could move up from six to maybe five and maybe even four. Now they're holding on to seventh with an outside chance to get to six.

I suppose there is even a chance the Knicks could go the other direction too. And, realistically speaking, they could still fall out of the playoffs entirely as they're only up 4.5 games on the Bobcats with seven to play. An unlikely fall, but certainly possible, especially with this erratic bunch. I think if you gave the Knicks another month they'd definitely be a candidate to drop out -- or maybe even rise some. Really, this group is hard to figure.

Philadelphia holds a two-game lead over the Knicks for sixth and with the way the two teams are playing, it looks pretty certain that that's the way they'll finish. They play each other one more time next week, so that game could be the decider.

The ugly dog contest: Indiana (35-42), Charlotte (32-43, 2.0 back of IND), Milwaukee (30-45, 4.0 back of IND)

This is where these three teams have to stop and ask themselves a very important question -- What's better for us: A first-round playoff exit and the money we make from two extra sold out home games, or a lottery pick and chance at good player?

Let's look at the three:

Indiana: It's definitely in their best interest to go ahead and get to the playoffs. For one, they've held the eighth spot for a large portion of the second half of the season, so falling out would feel kind of like a choke of some kind. Not really because when you're eight games under .500, you sort of choked the entire season anyway and just had the good fortune of playing in the East.

But they've built some decent momentum the last two months under interim coach Frank Vogel. And, behind the improvement of Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert plus some good players like Danny Granger and Darren Collison, the Pacers could win a game. Making the playoffs would serve them better than getting another young player to develop. They already have enough Paul George's.

Charlotte: They should tank away. They've won four straight and are just a game back, but they tried to mail in this season at the deadline when they gave away Gerald Wallace for very little. The Bobcats need more young talent and need to start building. A playoff berth really does them very little.

Milwaukee:
It doesn't matter. The Bucks already have been one of the season's bigger disappointments, so if they made the playoffs at least they'd have that to feel better about. Then again, they're going nowhere and could always use that higher pick to try and snag an offensive player.

The Bobcats probably have the toughest schedule which hurt them Friday losing to Orlando and the Pacers picked up a big one-point win over Milwaukee as well. It sort of feels like Charlotte is headed for the berth for some reason even though the Pacers definitely want it the worst. And Friday night's results go a long way toward helping Indiana's bid. Whatever the case, this whole thing is pretty ridiculous.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

The unexpected race for No. 1: San Antonio (57-19), Los Angeles (55-20, 2.5 back of SA)

Three weeks ago, the top spot in the West appeared to be a foregone conclusion. The Spurs were easily the best team in basketball -- record wise -- and were going to cruise to the No. 1 seed by six or seven games.

Then Tim Duncan got hurt. And then the Spurs dropped six in a row while the Lakers were running off nine straight. Then the gap closed to just 1.5 games with two weeks to play and both teams headed in different directions. Suddenly the Lakers actually had control of their own destiny to win the West.

Thing is, the Spurs aren't going to panic. They aren't going to worry about losing that lead. And if they do, they can live with it. That roster is too veteran, too mature and with Gregg Popovich, there's no anxiety there. Besides, I don't think they really care all that much about the difference between one and two, other than having that home court advantage over the Lakers.

The Lakers and Spurs do play one last time on April 12, so that game could be one to watch. But in all likelihood, the Spurs will regroup and finish up just strong enough to lock up the top seed.

The right to play L.A. in the second round -- or maybe the Spurs: Dallas (53-22), Oklahoma City (50-25, 3.0 of DAL)

The Mavericks are really in an interesting place. Technically they're just 1.5 back of the Lakers for second, but after Thursday's beatdown and the fact L.A. is the hottest team in the league, it feels like that race is over.

And now Dallas has to look over its shoulder just a bit at the Thunder who have been storming (see what I did there?) the past month (14-2 in March). The gap is 2.5 which is pretty big with only seven games left and most of the games on the road for OKC, it'll be difficult to catch Dallas.

Probably better for the Thunder too seeing as I think they'd prefer to have San Antonio in the second round instead of the Lakers. (Ironically if the Spurs keep losing, they might have to get to three. This is so confusing.)

OKC matches up much better with both since the Kendrick Perkins trade, but the Thunder has a better chance versus the Spurs to advance. Dallas is probably thinking the same thing though, especially after Thursday.

Locked in, sort of: Denver (46-29)

The Nuggets have been just outstanding the last month. Think about the mood after they dealt Carmelo Anthony. Most felt like an extra playoff spot had opened up in the West because it was a sure thing Denver would drop out.

Instead, they went up.

And if it weren't for the Thunder playing such fantastic basketball, the Nuggets would be pushing hard for the Northwest Division title and four-seed. But it doesn't look like they'll catch OKC who have a five-game lead. The Nuggets and Thunder do still play twice though and with the series at 1-1 this season, Denver could take the tiebreaker.

It's unlikely Denver would drop behind New Orleans (3.0 back) or Portland (2.5 back), but the Nuggets can't just coast into the five-seed. They appear to match up pretty well with OKC and would likely rather have the five-seed over six versus the Mavericks or seven versus the Lakers.

A real derby: Portland (44-32), New Orleans (43-33 (1.0 back of POR), Memphis (43-33, 1.0 back of POR), Houston (40-36, 3.0 back of MEM and NOLA)

After a very important Friday, the Blazers moved to sixth, the Hornets dropped to seven where they're tied with Memphis. The Rockets picked up a major win against San Antonio to stay three back of the eight spot.

Obviously the Hornets have an uphill battle to fight sans David West. Losing their best scorer is a major, major blow and one that will likely drop them down. Then again, so far without West the Hornets are 2-2 with a big win over Portland Wednesday. There was a bit of worry New Orleans could lose its playoff spot, but three games is a lot for Houston to make up in two weeks (though they do play one more time).

Portland really seems like the team set to get the six-seed. They have the most remaining healthy talent (that's a funny thing to say), are playing really well and don't have a killer schedule to finish. With a nice 99-91 win over the Thunder Friday, Portland finally reclaimed that six-seed and I don't see them losing it from here on out.

Memphis has a chance to either make up serious ground or lock themselves into eighth. The Grizzlies beat the Hornets Friday to knot things up and have one more New Orleans and one against Portland remaining.

And then Houston. I'm keeping them in the mix but a three-game deficit in six games is a lot to make up. The Rockets made their bed in November with their awful start.

Here's how I see this playing out: Portland is getting the six. They're too good, don't have a challenging schedule and have a lot of incentive to get the six because they match up well with Dallas. New Orleans, is falling. The Hornets are going to lose both games to Memphis and drop to eighth. Which is probably a blessing in disguise because they match up much better without West against the Spurs than they do against the Lakers.

And the Grizzlies will settle in at seven, playing the Lakers who they actually match decently against with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol inside. Give Memphis Rudy Gay for this series and I honestly see it going seven.

Right now, 20 teams are still in the playoff mix. In two weeks, it'll be down to 16. Sad that maybe the best race is between three teams a combined 30 games under .500. Such is life in the bottom half of the East.
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Thibodeau and Skiles: Mirrors of intensity

Tom Thibodeau is the talk of the town in Chicago. But as his Bulls meet the Bucks tonight, he'll face a coach who follows in his model, and should serve as a warning of when to let up on the pedal. 
Posted by Matt Moore




Tom Thibodeau is red hot right now. As much as people credit Derrick Rose and his MVP season with the rise of the Bulls, Thibodeau gets the other half of that credit. Consider for a moment that a key starter and heavy-minutes player for Thibodeau is Carlos Boozer, who Marc Gasol breezed by Friday night in the Bulls' nail-biter win over Memphis. Despite Boozer's defensive shortcomings and Rose's inexperience, the Bulls' defense is tops because of Thibodeau's coaching. It's his system combined with his notorious intensity that makes him such a fierce challenge to face across the scorer's table. 

But if Thibodeau wants a warning sign about where that intensity can sometimes lead, he need only look across the table Saturday night at Scott Skiles, who knows not only the team Thibodeau's coaching, but what can happen when a coach pushes his team to the point where his team tunes out his intensity. 

It's forgotten now as all such things are in hindsight, but Skiles was very similar to Thibodeau on the eve of the season opener in 2007. Despite the formation of the Boston Big 3, no one knew how that team would gel. What they did know was that the Bulls had been on the upswing every season and were in line to challenge for the Eastern Conference Finals. They were a young team with talent at multiple positions, a star guard in Ben Gordon, and defensive talent out the wazoo. They had toppled the defending champion Miami Heat in the first round, and lost to mighty Pistons in six games in the semis. 2007-2008 was supposed to be their year, behind stellar guard play and incredible defense led by Skiles' intensity.

Yeah, not so much. 

The Bulls plummeted out of the gate and never recovered. It was like watching debris fall of a crashing airplane. You would see bits and pieces and know there was no recovery. By Christmas, actually, on Christmas Eve, Skiles was fired by the Bulls.  He had quite simply lost the team. That's the cost of pushing your team verbally and physically. If things start to come undone, they come undone quickly, violently, and are nearly impossible to recover. When things go right for a coach that pushes like that, things are great, you're considered a genius, everyone respects you, and you're lauded as a top-notch disciplinarian coach. When things go badly, you run the risk of your players quitting on you, tuning you out, and once that happens, the effectiveness is over. From there it's just a matter of time until the pink slip comes in the mail. 

Hmmm... great guard play... excellent defense... questionable offense... great run in the playoffs spelling a good chance for the future... followed by a plummet out of the gate and an eventually disappointing season in which people start to question if the coach has lost the team. If this sounds like what has gone on in Milwaukee this season to you, congratulations, you're solid at recognizing patterns. 

Skiles was supposed to take the Bucks to the next level this season. GM John Hammond loaded up on offensive weapons like Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden to supplement Skiles' defensive prowess, and with Andrew Bogut coming back from surgery and Brandon Jennings entering his sophomore season along with a loaded frontline of versatile, athletic defenders, there was no reason to think the Bucks couldn't secure a strong playoff spot and make some progress towards contention. Instead? The offense is somehow, magically, even worse, and it's not all Andrew Bogut's slow-to-heal elbow and the injury woes of Brandon Jennings. The Bucks simply cannot score. 

While the Bucks remain a top five team defensively, the offense is second to last in the league. They have never found that extra gear. Even with Bogut's injury, the team had enough talent to contend. This could just be a down year, something they'll bounce back from. But more than one person has suggested that Skiles has already started to lose the team.

Meanwhile, the media can't write enough feel-good pieces about Tom Thibodeau and his intensity leading to the Bulls' incredible season. That their offense is middle of the pack is overlooked in a barrage of "check out what Derrick Rose did" commentary. Things are great for Thibodeau right now, and it's entirely possible that this is the start of the next great career coach for the Bulls. The Bulls winning the title is not outside the realm of possibility.

But as much as the Bulls players may love playing for a coach who is constantly looking to improve, to find new ways to win, and to challenge his guys, there's always that possibility that at some point, it just stops. There aren't warning signs when a team stops listening. There aren't red flags, public comments, and it's impossible to predict when. If it was, Stan Van Gundy would have been fired seventy times by now. It just happens. It may never happen to Thibodeau. But just as he enjoys the good times and looks forward to making the Bulls the best they can possibly be, there's always that shadow of possibility looming overhead that he should keep an eye on. And if he wants to look it in the eye, just look his opponent's coach in the eye after they shake hands Saturday night.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Michael Redd set to return Friday after 14 months

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd expects to play on Friday after missing more than a year after undergoing knee surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver.michael-redd

January 10, 2010. That's the last time Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd stepped on an NBA court. The Associated Press reports that could change on Friday, as Redd hopes to make his return after a lengthy rehabilitation following knee surgery.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd participated in practice Tuesday and is planning to play Friday in New York after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery. Redd says he feels great, but will not play in Milwaukee's game on Wednesday night against Sacramento.
Although it feels like forever and a half ago, Redd averaged more than 20 points per game every season from 2003-2004 until 2008-2009, when he injured the same left knee that he injured last season. 

At the peak of his powers, Redd was an excellent outside shooter who possessed the ability to score in a variety of ways. In other words, a legit No. 1 scoring option. The big questions now: after multiple knee surgeries and more than a year away from the game, how much does Redd have left and how quickly can he return to productivity given that there are only a few weeks left in the regular season?

One thing that's not a question: the Bucks are desperate and can use any offensive help they can get. Currently, the Bucks are 29th in the league in offensive efficiency, dead last in raw scoring and just 10 days removed from scoring only 56 (!) points in an entire game against the Boston Celtics. Despite that, Milwaukee is just two games back of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. As crazy as it might sound, given these circumstances, Redd could possibly be a difference-maker.

Don't get it twisted: I'm not setting a high bar for expectations. It's more than possible that the Bucks might be better off continuing with their current rotations rather than waiting for Redd to work his way into game shape. But it's reasonable to imagine a best-case scenario that sees Redd being a value-added situational spot-up jump shooter and floor-spacer off of Milwaukee's bench. With his contract expiring this season, he's got every motivation to show those around the league that he can still be serviceable in that role.

There is one major positive sign: the AP notes that Redd says he has lost 25 pounds, an amazing number given that he's only 6'6". That loss of weight will certainly make things easier on his knees and should let him get every ounce of mobility that he's got left. 

Given his age, 31, and the circumstances around the injuries, it's no small feat that Redd has made it this far. His return, whether or not it impacts Milwaukee's playoff chances, should be applauded regardless.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:36 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Celtics set franchise record for points allowed

The Boston Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed during Sunday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Posted by Ben Golliver. paul-pierce-sits

On Sunday, the Boston Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 87-56. Yes, you read that correctly, the Bucks managed just 56 points over the 48 minute period, a number that set a franchise record for the Celtics for points allowed during the shot clock era. 

This one was u-g-l-y from start to finish. In the process, the Celtics also set franchise records by allowing just 22 points in the first half and 38 points through three quarters. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the Bucks set an NBA record-low for points in a game, surpassing the Cleveland Cavaliers, who scored just 57 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. All this while the Celtics rested their starters for much of the second half.

Should we have seen this one coming? No, you can never really predict once-in-a-generation ineptitude. But the result didn't come completely out of left field, as Sunday's game was a match-up of the second most efficient defense (Boston) against the league's least efficient offense (Milwaukee). That the game was the second of a back-to-back for Milwaukee and a home game for Boston, who had a day off to prepare, set the table perfectly.

The Bucks are no offensive juggernaut, ranking dead last in points per game (91.7) and assists per game (18.5), but 56 points is so out of the norm for any NBA team that it's worth a chart to help illustrate how ususual this result is. The following chart shows the number of points the Bucks have registered as a team in each game this year. Running from left to right you progress through the season. On the far right, you can see the giant cliff Sunday's result represents. 
milwaukee-bucks-scoring

What's truly remarkable about the 56 points is that it comes on the heels of back-to-back games in which Milwaukee scored 110 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers and 102 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. By comparison, the Bucks scored 59 points in the first half on Saturday against the 76ers. Similarly, the Bucks scored more in the first quarter against the 76ers (26) than they did in the first half against the Celtics (22).

How did the Bucks get there? Well, that got beaten in essentially every category.

Most notably, and most obviously, they shot poorly. The Bucks made just 22 field goals as a team, the second-lowest total in the NBA this season. The only team that was worse was the Orlando Magic, who made just 21 field goals in an early season loss to the Miami Heat.

The Bucks also struggled to control the ball, committing 17 turnovers. Despite all the misses, they secured just six offensive rebounds, limiting their opportunity for second chance points. They shot abysmally from deep -- just 3-14 -- and had just one player, deep reserve center Earl Barron, in double figures. 

In other words, the Bucks were not able to establish a go-to scoring option, they couldn't stretch the floor from deep, they couldn't make a shot, they couldn't grab many of their misses and they couldn't hang on to the ball. They did all of that while playing against one of the league's premier defenses in their house. 

That's a recipe for disaster, and disaster is exactly what happened.

With the win, Boston improved to 47-17 on the season, the top record in the Eastern Conference. With the loss, Milwaukee fell to 26-39, which is, remarkably, just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed. 

In other words, if Milwaukee makes a little push we could be in store for one of the most lopsided first round playoff series in NBA history.  
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Bogut to have elbow surgery after season's finish

Andrew Bogut plans arthroscopic surgery on elbow at season's end. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bogut missed the Bucks' playoff run last season and the beginning of this season after a fairly terrible elbow injury. But he hasn't been the same, as his points per game are down five points and his shooting perentage is down 4 percentage points. He's been open about not being anywhere near 100% healthy, and eventually that has to be his priority. 

As a result, Bogut told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he's planning on elbow surgery after the season is finished to clean up the scar tissue in that elbow. It's just arthroscopic surgery, but it'll still mean an impact on his offseason training. 
"I want to have it straight away just to get a head start on the rehab and get back in the gym," Bogut said. "I want to shoot the basketball a lot this summer. The more time I can get out on the floor working on my shot, the better."

There's no telling on how long it will take Bogut to get back to full strength, but it's yet another in a very long line of injury issues that seem to keep Bogut from being the franchise center he's shown so many flashes of being. 

The Bucks are two and a half games back of the 8th playoff spot in the East. 
 
 
 
 
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