Going into the season, Bucks officials felt very confident about their starting backcourt.
They were convinced point guard Brandon Jennings, after an impressive rookie season, would take his game to another level.
They also expected veteran shooting guard John Salmons to pick off where he left off last season when he was a force in leading the Bucks into the Eastern Conference playoffs.
But neither Salmons nor Jennings has played to the level Bucks officials hoped. Salmons, who missed all of training camp with a bad ankle, has struggled for much of the season.
Likewise, Jennings, who missed 20 games after injuring his knee, has been a model of inconsistency, looking like an All-Star one game and a D-Leaguer the next.
Jennings and Salmons have also had horrible shooting seasons. Jennings, who shot only 37 percent last season, is shooting just 39 percent this season. Salmons, who shot 44 percent last season, is now shooting a chilly 40 percent.
Just how badly have the Bucks' starting backcourt misfired this season? Well, Salmons is ranked 50th among guards in field-goal percentage and Jennings is ranked 51st.
MAGIC 78, BUCKS 72: After falling behind 14-0 to open the game, the Bucks made a nice comeback before falling to the Magic on Tuesday night in Orlando. Brandon Jennings missed two 3-pointers in the final 42 seconds. Drew Gooden had 18 points for the Bucks, who dropped to 3 1/2 games behind the eight-place Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks have five games remaining.
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