The Milwaukee Bucks (7-6) failed to add to the momentum from Monday night’s miraculous comeback victory. The New York Knicks (10-4) blew out the Bucks 102-88 after the Bucks hung with them for almost the whole first half, before loosening their grip. It was a startling reminder of the mediocrity this franchise is capable of displaying.
Before tonight, the season had been a refreshing reversion from the road Bucks fans are used to traveling. A win, then a loss—two more wins, promptly followed by a three game losing streak. Inconsistency. This is what we as Bucks fans have come to know. Tonight’s game was a return to the past. So, is this what we will see for the rest of the season? Or will they return to their 6-2 form?
Despite losing four of their last five games, there is reason to still have hope for the Bucks. A deep rotation, one of the deepest in the league, is a nice thing to have but the rotation at power forward and center is troubling. Samuel Dalembert can’t seem to play more than 15-20 minutes a game. While Ersan Illyasova’s struggles have forced Scott Skiles to bench him and start John Henson, Larry Sanders is a center that shows promise but is still raw.
This team is young. Too young. Expectations should be tempered for now. While the Bucks might have the tools it takes to compete for a division title, it’s uncertain whether players such as Tobias Harris, Henson, Sanders and Lamb can fill the roll they have been assigned. I think all four players are capable but Skiles must find a regular rotation and lineup that he can ride with throughout the season. There are too many moving parts and inconsistent playing time.
Being a Bucks fan has always been about inconsistency. Once again tonight, we saw the team flashed what our beloved franchise does: a dull performance following an uplifting win. The roster is right, the energy has been excellent but the lineup and the rotation must be cohesive and regular for this team to be a playoff team. If not, a return to mediocrity is on the horizon.