It’s time to accept reality.
The Milwaukee Bucks are not going to climb out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers had a bleak outlook. The Pacers have been playing great basketball of late and Paul George has morphed into the next big star in the NBA. But the Bucks were in this game.
That’s until they scored 11 points in the third quarter.
Until Larry Sanders was ejected (again).
It was until Brandon Jennings took another game off, finishing with just 4 points, three assists and three turnovers. Remember the first few games after the All-Star break when Jennings had 48 assists in four games?
Many thought that the fourth year player was suddenly going to morph into the pass-first point guard he claims he can be. While he is averaging 6.8 assists a game, a career-best, Jennings is starting to show inconsistencies yet again.
We know he can have great games, but he can also have games that are ugly.
As for Sanders, the thumbs-up shenanigans were funny at first, but Sanders needs to realize that the games he’s being tossed from are important. The Bucks aren’t Cellar Dwellers, they’re a playoff team. Without Sanders in the paint, the Bucks are a terrible defensive team and we saw it tonight after his ejection.
Despite acquiring J.J. Redick at the deadline, it seems that the Bucks are right where they have been all season: so close to jumping up to the No. 5 seed, but stuck in the No. 8 spot.
It’s what we’ve always known as Bucks fans for the last decade. The Bucks will go up five games over, then go two games under. The same can be said about Jennings. You just never know what you’re going to get from this squad.
So, with 14 games left, the Bucks will make us cheer and cry. In the playoffs, our 8-seeded team will get swept by the Heat. Yes, I’m being negative. But I’ve seen this movie before. The Bucks are the same old Bucks.
The only difference from last year to this year is that we’ll see a playoff series. Same team, different players.
Milwaukee Bucks basketball: average forever.