Milwaukee Bucks at crossroads; Jennings’ team? Skiles staying?

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After their breakout playoff season in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves back in lottery land. It’s extremely disappointing; especially given that the ’09-’10 team had a young core that looked poised to make the franchise a fixture in the postseason.

This year, they were alive for the final playoff spot up until the season’s final week, but fell short. This offseason some major questions need to be answered:

Is Coach Scott Skiles returning?

Who is the alpha dog: Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis?

Who can step up like Ersan Ilyasova did this season?

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Milwaukee Bucks get young guys playing time in season’s final games

After their breakout playoff season in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves back in lottery land. It’s extremely disappointing; especially given that the ’09-’10 team had a young core that looked poised to make the franchise a fixture in the postseason. This year, they were alive for the final playoff spot up until a few days ago, but alas they’ll have to settle for ninth in the Eastern Conference.

They lost at home to the team directly ahead of them, the Philadelphia 76ers, who currently possess the final playoff spot. Still the Bucks finish the year 17-16, above .500 for the fourth consecutive year. In their 44 years of existence, the Bucks have had a winning record at home 37 times.

Since these final games in the lockout shortened 66 game season don’t mean much to the Bucks, it’s a chance for the young players to get playing time, grow and develop- like Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer.

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Bucks-Timberwolves quickly becomes a battle for the basement

Corey Maggette

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The Milwaukee Bucks‘ 94-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night played out like a bizarro version of the Mia Hamm/Michael Jordan Gatorade commercials. Anything Milwaukee did, Minnesota did worse, and neither team could do anything consistently better than the other. Case and point: The game’s final two minutes.

By Jake McCormick

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Bucks-Timberwolves analysis: Wins are a point of view

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It’s never a good thing when Andrew Bogut plays 23 minutes and attempts five shots in a game against a less than impressive front line. But Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles had a few interesting lineup combinations that ultimately carried the Bucks to their 94-88 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

By Jake McCormick

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Milwaukee Bucks lose in overtime to Miami Heat, despite near-perfect three quarters

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Ahead by 87-83, a crucial lapse in defensive rebounding off a missed free throw in the waning minutes and missed free throws of their own evaporated the Milwaukee Bucks’ chances of knocking off the scorching Miami Heat Friday night at the Bradley Center.

Stop me if you’ve heard this Milwaukee Bucks story before, most notably all of last year until just before the NBA Trading Deadline in February. [Read more…]

Different month, same results in Milwaukee Bucks loss to Utah Jazz

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The Milwaukee Bucks shot a better percentage and connected on just as many three pointers at the Utah Jazz, but couldn’t overcome a late surge from Deron Williams and an offensive rebounding onslaught that gave the Jazz 14 extra shot attempts.

The rare occurrence of a Bucks game-high shooting percentage (45.1%) couldn’t stop the Jazz (42.2%) from a late-game 13-2 run and walking away with a 95-86 victory.

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