With Milwaukee’s relatively easy victory last night over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks are now at 41 wins, clinching a season no worse than .500. The fact that there are still nine games left to increase that win total to a possible, albeit unlikely, 50 win season proves how incredible this season has already been.
In the preseason picks even the most diehard of fans could not predict anything over .500 without being laughed at. All of the optimists surmised, if this, this, and this happen, the Bucks could have a shot at the 8th seed and maybe have a .500 season. The this, this, and this usually involved Bogut staying healthy, Jennings being a breakout player, and the third involved either Redd or the rest of the cast contributing enough points to win games. The first two this’s came to fruition while the third has been a combination of the addition of John Salmons, the addition of Stackhouse, Ersan’s development, Delfino’s contributions, and improved team defense.
Safe to say a lot needed to happen for the Bucks to turn it around and a lot has happened to get to this point. Lets hope for a strong finish to avoid a finish no worse than 6th allowing the Bucks to play the Celtics or Hawks. I would give the Bucks a good chance of pushing either series to seven and possibly winning. A series against the Magic or Cavs would be tough but if either of those series can occur in the second round, what a season it has been.