The Bucks got a much needed 84-81 win over Indiana last night. The Bucks tried their hardest to give the game away with what felt like a never-ending string of misses at the free throw line. How Michael Redd can be considered one of the better jumpshooters in the game yet that horrible at free throws baffles me. If he has the muscle memory and accuracy to drill three after three how can he be that bad at free throws? He was not the only one as it became a win each time a Buck would at least hit one out of two per trip to the line.
Ugly, but who cares, the Bucks needed a win. Coming off of a three game losing streak, with two of those teams being among the best in the entire league, Lakers and Cavs, any win will do. The key for the Bucks to remain a playoff contender will be to prevent prolonged losing streaks, and although you would like to avoid a two game losing streak let alone a three game losing streak, to nip this streak on the road counts as a good win in my book.
Bogut may have had his best game of his career with 31 points and 18 rebounds. This is the production you would occasionally expect out of a number one pick, hopefully Bogut is just hitting his stride and can put together similar performances in the future. Jennings and Redd joined Bogut as the other two players with double figures in points.
Sloppy game, sloppy execution, but still a win.
Some quick thoughts from an interesting NFL weekend:
- The Vikings are in more trouble than people realize. All of us Packer fans that supported the team through the messy Favre divorce are shaking our heads together in agreement and saying “We told you so.”
- Any person that can look at the current and future state of the Vikings and Packers and actually say the Packers made a mistake by going with Rodgers is lying to themselves. The Packers sacrificed some short-term success for long-term health of the organization. Whenever Favre leaves Minnesota I think that could also get messy while Green Bay could have the second best qb in the NFC for a decade.
- Nobody outside of the Ravens seems to really want one of the wild card spots.
- I still think that the Steelers or Titans will find a way in.
- I think Denver will find a way to screw it up. Oakland at home to virtually clinch a spot. You cannot lose that game.
- The Bengals put up a very good fight to a team that could be considered a favorite to win it all.
- Cleveland-KC was one of the better games of the weekend. Who woulda thought.
- Not shocked at all by the Cowboys win. When I found out Ware was in, which shocked me, I had a hunch on the Cowboys.
- The Packer loss can be a good one if the team can still get into the playoffs. For the Packers to get to the Super Bowl they will have to beat 3 of these teams on the road: New Orleans, Cardinals, Eagles, Vikings. Only the Vikings run the ball at all among those teams. That means the Packers need to get their pass defense in order. All teams have weaknesses at this point of the season due to injury. If you are weak against the run, forget it. If a team can just run it down your throat you have no chance at the Super Bowl. The Packers can now learn several things from that Pittsburgh loss, namely that they cannot sit in a three man rush with Jarret Bush and Josh Bell in coverage.