Bucks Struggle To Stay In Playoff Race
With the end of the season rapidly approaching, the Milwaukee Bucks have to be approaching panic mode as they find themselves 2.5 games behind the 8th seeded Indiana Pacers while in the midst of a three game slide.
“We’ve been saying for a couple of months now that we have to string together some wins or get something going for ourselves,” head coach Scott Skiles said after Tuesday night’s contest against Atlanta. “We have to get something really going for ourselves from a consistent standpoint. Its been difficult for us for sure.”
Andrew Bogut echoed Skiles’ concerns and said he hasn’t been happy with his performance lately.
“My consistency has been like a roller coaster,” Bogut admitted. “I think everybody’s has. We need at least our starting five to all pitch in every game, myself included.”
One player Skiles will also need to more consistent production from is Brandon Jennings. The young point guard followed his eight point outing in Boston by only putting up four points against the Hawks on 1-8 shooting.
Jennings seemed to rebound last night in the Bucks first of a four game home stand as he dropped 23 points despite shooting an abysmal 2-10 from the three point line.
The Bucks were on a three game winning streak as they earned wins over Washington, Cleveland and Philadelphia before their trip to Boston on Sunday, however, Jennings said the team must get more quality wins as the season winds down.
“Things are gonna have to change pretty soon,” he said. “The last three games we won were games we should have won. We have to try to beat some of these good teams that are over .500, too.”
The Bucks are currently 4-5 in the month of March. The four wins were all against teams below the .500 mark while all of the losses came against teams above this mark.
In fact, the Bucks haven’t earned a victory over a winning team since the Hawks’ last visit, January 26.
The tenth place Bucks still have to surge past the Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers to earn a playoff berth. Every win will take on more meaning as six of their final 15 contests will be against winning teams.
A lack of offense is a problem the Bucks might want to shore up if they plan on making a serious playoff push. During the three game losing streak, the team has averaged just below 77 points per game. This number is ridiculously skewed by a record setting low 56 point performance against the Celtics.
However, they only managed to put up 89 points against the Magic despite going into overtime.
Last year, the Bucks made noise in the playoffs as the forced the Hawks to an unexpected seven game series without the services of Andrew Bogut. Their post-season performance and off-season acquisitions had many thinking this franchise was ready to make the next step.
Unfortunately, injury and quite a bit of under-performing has this team sitting a notch under mediocrity.