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

Andrew Bogut

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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

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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…]

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

Chris Douglas-Roberts

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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…]

Andrew Bogut’s defense could be enough to snap Milwaukee Bucks’ All-Star drought

Andrew Bogut

The Milwaukee Bucks have the second longest NBA All-Star drought out of any team in the league, and they’re a Monta Ellis selection away from taking that top spot away from the Golden State Warriors.

The Bucks have not had an All-Star representative since Michael Redd in 2004, and although center Andrew Bogut isn’t playing at his 2009-10 pre-All-Star Break offensive best, he has the highest chance of making the 2010-11 Eastern Conference All-Star team. [Read more…]

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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Atlanta Hawks drag Milwaukee Bucks off cliff for 45 minutes

Josh Smith

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Since the 2009-10 season ended, the Milwaukee Bucks roster has shape-shifted more than Mickey Rourke’s face. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Atlanta Hawks feature the same rotation that fought through a seven game first round series against the Andrew Bogut-less Bucks in last year’s playoffs.

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Injury to Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings comes at worst possible time

Brandon Jennings

By now you’ve probably already heard the devastating news regarding an already injury-plagued professional sports team in Wisconsin: Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings just had surgery to repair a fracture in his left fifth metatarsal and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Considering the amount of injuries to key players on the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers roster, the Milwaukee Brewers may want to start attending as many churches, synagogues, Hindi churches, and mosques as possible.

By Jake McCormick

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