Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond deserves a 2010-11 season pass

Brandon Jennings

If NBA seasons were a collection of Mortal Kombat matches, the Milwaukee Bucks were on the receiving end of a Sub-Zero freezing rain finishing move at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bucks failure to maintain a six point lead with four minutes remaining against a similarly stunted Bobcats offense was closure for a season rife with bad injury luck and general underachievement.

The real or perceived end of a season that started with high expectations always brings “What went wrong?” discussions full circle to auditing the front office, and Bucks GM John Hammond has and will receive criticism for handcuffing Milwaukee’s budget with unmovable contracts to players on the back half of their careers.

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It’s nothing personal, the Milwaukee Bucks were an embarrassment against the Kings

Carlos Delfino, Donte Greene

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A record setting embarrassment against the Boston Celtics on the road is one thing. A back breaking defeat (on two days rest) at home to an NBA doormat on the verge of re-locating and playing without the face of their franchise is something else entirely.

There’s very few positive things to take away from the Milwaukee Bucks‘ 97-90 soul-crushing loss to the Anaheim Royals Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. As Wayne Larrivee, the voice of the Green Bay Packers, said four times this NFL season: “There is your playoff dagger.”

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Milwaukee Bucks Big Five Trump The New York Knicks Big Three

Andrew Bogut, Carmelo Anthony

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Apparently there isn’t much of a difference between Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls and the conference’s lower seeds.

A 100-95 win over the New York Knicks Sunday afternoon proved the Milwaukee Bucks are, in fact, capable of building an early lead and holding on against decent competition.

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Limping Milwaukee Bucks beat up on paralyzed Cleveland Cavaliers

Brandon Jennings, Keyon Dooling

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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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Milwaukee Bucks falter down the stretch in loss to Boston Celtics

Carlos Delfino, Paul Pierce

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The Milwaukee Bucks showcased their ability to be completely whelming in their ESPN-televised 89-83 loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday night.

By now, everyone who watched the Bucks for the first time knows their story this season, often capped by a failure to land a finishing move when their opponent is swaying like a Mortal Kombat enemy. Milwaukee played as hard as they have all season, but effort only takes you so far when the home stretch of a game is marred by bad decisions.

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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

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“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

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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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Milwaukee Bucks analysis: Health beats Toronto Raptors mediocrity

Brandon Jennings

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Click here for a Bucks/Raptors game recap.

The Milwaukee Bucks 92-74 win over the Toronto Raptors wasn’t anything you would label a “signature” victory or “corner-turning” rout. But Milwaukee needs to take any win they can get, which is more than enough to justify feeling good about pounding the clawless Raptors.

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Milwaukee Bucks beat offense/defense-less Toronto Raptors

Andrew Bogut

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Click here for Bucks/Raptors analysis.

You know a team is starving for a victory and built around defense with scoring 92 points and still winning by 18 is called a blow out. Nevertheless, the Milwaukee Bucks 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night was the dominant win the Bucks have failed to capture over the past month.

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Blake Griffin goes Space Jam on the Milwaukee Bucks

Blake Griffin

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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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