Friday, January 16, 2009
Well, Andrew Bogut will not be accompanying the Bucks on their west coast road trip and has been advised by a back specialist "who suggested rest". This is not a good sign for the Bucks. At the season's half-way mark, the Bucks are sitting at 19-22 and fighting it out for one of the last Playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks are about to embark on a 3 game western road trip where the Bucks traditionally fall on their faces. However, two of the games on this trip are against Sacramento and the Clippers, teams with a combined 18-60 record. Winnable games, even on the road for the Bucks. A 2-1 trip would be great. Heck, a 1-2 trip would be somewhat acceptable. However, if they lose all 3 games, with two of the losses coming against a 10-win and an 8-win team, the Bucks could go in the tank.
The reason I am worried this might happen is because Bogut is out. The Bucks just don't function efficiently when he is not in there. Gadzuric is just brutal (and the 12th highest paid player in the NBA!). Elson doesn't offer much. When the Bucks go with their small line-up there is just a huge hole inside. It sounds like Bogut will be dealing with this issue for the rest of the season. It was painful to watch him run up and down the court against Miami. If the Bucks lose these 3 games and Bogut continues to be hit or miss based on health, this promising start by the Bucks could go down the tubes quickly. We already know the hold-overs on the roster are conditioned to tank late in the season. Lets up this team puts up some fight and can make the playoffs and put a scare into somebody.
Posted by Goldy at 9:37 AM