The Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, and a Convenient Defensive Truth

Andrew Bogut

You know it’s been a long season for the Milwaukee Bucks when a 93-89 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic in their 67th game, sans Andrew Bogut (migraine), becomes an instant 2010-11 classic.

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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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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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Milwaukee Bucks play three quarters of domination in win over Washington Wizards

Corey Maggette

The Milwaukee Bucks weathered the storm of a nasty December-January schedule in a way that made the Perfect Storm shipmen look like they were on an Alaskan cruise. But now that it’s over, the Bucks kicked off the NBA’s easiest second half schedule with a 100-87 win over the Washington Wizards, who are now 0-20 on the road this season.

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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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Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks-Indiana Pacers game

Milwaukee Bucks

By Jake McCormick

After a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde showing in their Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back, the Milwaukee Bucks have a good chance of building off the confidence and chemistry they showed in Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Detroit Lions are to the Green Bay Packers as the Indiana Pacers have been to the Milwaukee Bucks over the last year, and although the Pacers are improved, the Bucks should still continue their streak against their Central Division rival. [Read more…]

Analysis of the Milwaukee Bucks loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

Andrew Bogut

Editor’s note: With the “Optimist, Pessimist, Realist” feature, I focus on one aspect of the game that deserves some hope for future success (Optimist), one that ellicits feelings of dread and negativity (Pessimist), and one thing that falls in the middle ground that is hard to argue against either way (Realist).

There wasn’t much to be celebrating from the Milwaukee Bucks90-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, but that certainly doesn’t mean there weren’t some encouraging opportunities for the Bucks to break out of their early season funk. [Read more…]