--When the Bucks made their blockbuster trade with the Warriors in March, Bucks officials were confident the deal would put them over the hump and get them into the Eastern Conference playoffs. After all, the Bucks traded two players who were of little use to them this season: Andrew Bogut, who was out for the season with a fractured ankle and malcontent Stephen Jackson, who was buried in coach Scott Skiles' doghouse. The Bucks, in turn, got two players who could immediately help them in Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. But neither Ellis nor Udoh had the impact many Bucks officials expected. While the Bucks went 13-11 after the trade, they were a mere 1-9 against teams with a winning record.
--While the Bucks certainly didn't perform up to expectations -- many observers believed they had the wherewithal to at least be a playoff team in the weak Eastern Conference -- they were beset by injuries, including some to their key players. Center Andrew Bogut, the Bucks' best player at the start of the season, went down in late January with a fractured left ankle. Luc Mbah a Moute, the team's best defender, missed 19 games because of right knee soreness, and Drew Gooden was constantly hindered by back spasms and periodically missed games because of it.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm very disappointed. We didn't get done what we were expected to get done. We had our chances to really step on it and maybe even get a game or two lead and we weren't able to do that. Very disappointing." -- Bucks coach Scott Skiles, on his team's failure to reach the playoffs for the second straight season and third time in the last four years.
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