A Milwaukee Bucks offseason of intrigue (plus, I join a new blog!)

Scott Skiles

The Milwaukee Bucks have come a long way since April 15, 2010, and the path more resembled a float down the River Styx than a stroll down a yellow brick road.

Injuries, ineffectiveness and the possession of less chemistry than actors in a SyFy original movie were the main catalysts giving the Bucks their sixth trip to the NBA Lottery in the last 10 years.

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The Milwaukee Bucks turn in best game of the year against the 76ers

Spencer Hawes, Larry Sanders, Keyon Dooling

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

It’s amazing that the difference between success and failure in the NBA can sometimes boil down to one simple action: making shots. Of course, that concept is just the end result of combined success moving off-the-ball, running the offense, and making decisive, quality passes.

All of that winning was the Milwaukee Bucks in a nutshell in their 102-74 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night. After handily beating two NBA Eastern Conference doormats in the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bucks strung together their best 48 minutes of the season against a quality 76ers team that laughed last against Milwaukee in nine of their last 11 meetings.

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Limping Milwaukee Bucks beat up on paralyzed Cleveland Cavaliers

Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling

AP Photo/Morry Gash

Tuesday, it was the starters. Wednesday, it was the bench.

For the first time all season, the Milwaukee Bucks strung together a back-to-back set of games where the first unit drove the Land Rover of victory one night, only to have the second unit jump start the stalled vehicle on the way to another win 24 hours later.

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Phoenix Suns scorching third quarter burns Milwaukee Bucks

Brandon Jennings

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

All too often this season, you’ll read Milwaukee Bucks recaps after a loss focusing on a single quarter that effectively killed the Bucks chances at a victory. Unfortunately, Friday night’s 102-88 loss to the Phoenix Suns was no different thanks to a third quarter collapse uglier than that of the 2010 U.S. housing market.

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Bogut-less Milwaukee Bucks defense solid in win over Detroit Pistons

Jon Brockman

This definitely happened

The Milwaukee Bucks tossed a proverbial monkey off their backs with a 92-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night. It may have been the size of a Pygmy Marmoset, but it was still a monkey that had prevented the Bucks from beating the Pistons in their previous two meetings.

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Milwaukee Bucks are better suited for the NBA Lottery than the playoffs

Brandon Jennings

People that hate the NBA usually say that NBA teams don’t play defense (except the best ones and the Milwaukee Bucks), the league is very “thug heavy (between dog fighting and gun discharges, the NFL is much, much worse), and the NBA Lottery system allows teams to fail on purpose (see the 2006-07 Boston Celtics for contrary evidence).

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Milwaukee Bucks mistakes help Denver Nuggets end road woes

Carmelo Anthony

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

“We played hard, we just didn’t play well.”

Those words, said by Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles after the team’s 94-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets, are eerily similar to the phrase that Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott used to describe his team during its 26 game losing streak.

It makes sense coming from a team that is rebuilding, young, and just looking for any way to boost confidence. The Milwaukee Bucks are not extremely young, in transition as an organization, or lacking decent talent, which makes that statement all the more depressing heading into the 2011 NBA All-Star Break.

Read more about the Bucks’ best and worst moments of the Nuggets game.

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Milwaukee Bucks analysis: John Salmons strikes back against Carmelo Anthony

John Salmons

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

The All-Star Break couldn’t have come faster for the Milwaukee Bucks. Led by Carmelo Anthony’s 38 points and 12 rebounds, the Denver Nuggets survived various charges by the depleted Bucks to head into the break with a 94-87 road victory.

Read a rundown of the Bucks loss to the Nuggets.

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Corey Maggette’s absence could be good for the Milwaukee Bucks

Corey Maggette

Against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, a vintage 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup shot, passed, and defended their way to the Bucks first 100 point game since their January 28 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.

A couple weeks after letting Blake Griffin and Co. go NBA Jam on the floor shackled Bucks, Milwaukee looked like a team that was finally clicking on all cylinders and finding the open shooter on nearly every possession (in most cases it was Carlos Delfino along the perimeter).

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Blake Griffin goes Space Jam on the Milwaukee Bucks

Blake Griffin

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Don’t let that 19-28 Los Angeles Clippers record fool you. These Clippers can run and jump like the monstars in Space Jam.

Los Angeles came into their Monday night game against the Milwaukee Bucks riding an eight game home winning streak, mostly on the back of the human jet pack, Blake Griffin. Even with Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman sidelined, the Clippers managed to stretch that streak to nine games with a fourth quarter surge and a 105-98 victory over the Bucks.

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Drawing a Chicago Bears-Milwaukee Bucks comparison on beating inferior teams

Andrew Bogut

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

A team’s season-high winning streak says a lot about their taste for success, but the Milwaukee Bucks’ three straight victories, including Saturday’s 91-81 win over the New Jersey Nets, are showing they are closer to replicating last year’s second half run than they have been all season.

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Milwaukee Bucks analysis: A pessimist, optimist, and realist walk into a bar…

Brandon Jennings, Aaron Rodgers

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Here are the best and worst things to come out of the Milwaukee Bucks 91-81 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night: [Read more…]