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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Milwaukee Bucks falter down the stretch in loss to Boston Celtics

Carlos Delfino, Paul Pierce

AP Photo/Darren Hauck

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 reach season breaking point in loss to Detroit Pistons

Richard Hamilton

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

No good, quality basketball has come from a Milwaukee Bucks/Detroit Pistons game over the past year, and Saturday night’s 89-78 Pistons victory was the ugliest yet. Everything about this game felt different than a usual poor shooting performance from the Bucks, mostly because of the team’s accompanying half-hearted defensive effort.

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Earl Boykins gives the Milwaukee Bucks a scoring option when Brandon Jennings returns

Earl Boykins

Since Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was sidelined for a month with an ankle injury, Earl Boykins and Keyon Dooling were handed the keys to the NBA’s lowest scoring offense without its leading scorer.

This gave Boykins and Dooling the chance to show what they could do with increased minutes and responsibility as the Bucks entered the toughest stretch of their 2010-11 schedule, and one of the 30+ year old veterans should be rewarded when Brandon Jennings returns.

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The road to a Milwaukee Bucks’ win runs through Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

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With his fifth straight double-double in the Milwaukee Bucks103-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks Monday night, center Andrew Bogut continued to state the obvious: If he fills up the stat sheet, the Bucks’ chances of winning skyrocket.

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Milwaukee Bucks run tip-in play to perfection to beat Indiana Pacers

Rarely would you call facing a 7’3” defender on an inbounds pass an advantage for the offense, but having Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert guarding Luc Mbah a Moute just may have won Wednesday night’s game for the Milwaukee Bucks.

“That could’ve been a blessing,” coach Scott Skiles said. “One of the things that’s happen to us when we work on it in practice is that sometimes we throw it short, and you want to throw it long. So the fact that (Hibbert) was on (Mbah a Moute), he could’ve put some extra loft on it.”

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A glimpse into the Milwaukee Bucks without their Bigs isn’t pretty

Scott Skiles

AP Photo/Colin E Braley

What do Andrew Bogut, Corey Maggette, Carlos Delfino and Drew Gooden have in common? The answer: A DNP label next to their names for the Milwaukee Bucks 109-88 loss to the Utah Jazz.

While Delfino’s injury status was ambiguous until late last week, the temporary losses of Bogut, Maggette, and Gooden exposed the reality of what could happen should any of them go down for any extended period of time.

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ offensive weekend of futility

Brandon Jennings

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the Milwaukee Bucks have a record of 5-8 and very little to be thankful for other than their third ranked scoring defense (92 points per game).

Consider a few statistics from the Bucks’ weekend back-to-back against the worst team, record-wise, in the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia 76ers) and an Oklahoma City Thunder team that was missing superstar forward Kevin Durant and his trusty sidekick Jeff Green (46.2 combined points per game):

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Milwaukee Bucks’ defense unravels in loss to Los Angeles Lakers

Andrew Bogut

Last year’s Bradley Center matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers left the coach, players, and fans foaming at the mouth from an indefensible foul call that led to a patented Kobe Bryant finishing move.

The re-match Tuesday night ended in much less controversy, but an equal amount of disappointment as the Lakers snapped the Bucks’ three game winning streak with a 118-107 victory.

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Milwaukee Bucks analysis: A complete game against the New York Knicks

Brandon Jennings

The Milwaukee Bucks107-80 victory over the New York Knicks was akin to the water splashed in the face of the flavor-changing gum test subjects in those Stride commercials.

Like the participants in that faux case study (I still have yet to try the gum), Milwaukee has been in a semi-panic mode over the past week’s worth of offensive inconsistencies, and just needed a solid, all around win to bring them back to earth.

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Milwaukee Bucks Analysis: Different faces have the same problems

Carlos Delfino

The Milwaukee BucksSaturday night 87-81 loss to the New Orleans Hornets was one out of Wisconsin Badgers‘ head coach Bo Ryan’s playbook, as both teams rank in the NBA top 10 in defensive efficiency, points allowed, and opponent effective field goal percentage, and played every bit the part of their coaches’ defensive-minded philosophy.

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The Milwaukee Bucks suffer a deja vu loss to the Hornets

Brandon Jennings

By Jake McCormick

The venue was different, but the Milwaukee Bucks‘ song remained the same in their second loss to the New Orleans Hornets in 2010.

A night after recording their first road win of the season, without center Andrew Bogut, the Bucks continued their early season offensive struggles against the undefeated Hornets. But Milwaukee was able to keep the 87-81 loss close enough to magnify the multiple failed offensive possessions that superseded their successful defensive efforts. [Read more…]