3-10-14: The Bucks stayed home for this past week as they put up a 1-2 record. On Saturday, they hosted the Brooklyn Nets. Although Milwaukee fell by nine points that night, Ersan Ilyasova helped the Bucks bounce back on Monday. He scored a season-high 31 points in the Bucks’ 114-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. Zaza Pachulia also dished off five assists for just the third time this season. Unfortunately, the Bucks could not put together two wins in a row. On Wednesday, Brandon Knight scored a game-high 25 points along with six assists and five rebounds, but Milwaukee lost by 14 points.
3-3-14: The Bucks had an interesting week with regard to their opponents. They faced the Eastern Conference-best Indiana Pacers twice and the Atlantic Division-worse Philadelphia 76ers once. As expected, the Bucks lost both contests to the Pacers, but only by a combined 15 points. Even with Caron Butler out due to an ankle injury, Milwaukee scored 130 points on Monday in Philadelphia. It was the first time in more than a decade that the Bucks scored that many points in a road contest. O.J. Mayo was on fire that evening as he scored a team-high 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point distance.
2-24-14: Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Bucks’ lone participant during All-Star weekend. He took part in both the Rising Stars Challenge and the skills challenge. He came off the bench to score nine points on perfect shooting from the field on Friday and then teamed up with DeMar DeRozan the following night. After the All-Star game, Milwaukee continued its lengthy homestand. The Bucks hosted the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets this past week. Caron Butler scored a game-high 21 points en route to the four-point victory over the Magic on Tuesday. Butler moved into the starting lineup for Thursday’s contest, and the Bucks lost to the Nuggets by double digits. Milwaukee also traded Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrian.
2-18-14: Although the Bucks were able to stop their long losing streak with a win early in February, they have not won since. They played each of their three contests at home this past week, but fell to the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans. Although the Bucks were not victorious, there is one man who played well. Brandon Knight put together three consecutive games of at least 22 points for the first time in his career. However, the good news ended there as Larry Sanders underwent eye surgery and is now out at least six weeks.
2-10-14: I continue to be surprised that the Bucks have enough players for each of their games. Even with all of their injuries, they were able to handle their roster much than the Los Angeles Lakers did with theirs. Although Milwaukee only had one win this past week, the team did have a road-heavy schedule. The Bucks lost in Orlando, Memphis and Denver. However, they were victorious in their only home game. John Henson, O.J. Mayo and Ekpe Udoh were all out, but Brandon Knight was not. His 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to go helped the Bucks defeat the Knicks on Monday.
2-4-14: The Bucks have not only been plagued by injuries this season, but they now are being affected by the flu. As a result, they had another winless week. After losing Ekpe Udoh to an ankle sprain and dropping their Friday evening game to the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Bucks returned home for a three-game homestand. Brandon Knight scored a game-high 27 points on Saturday, but the Atlanta Hawks blew out Milwaukee. Then on Monday, the Bucks were without O.J. Mayo and Larry Sanders due to illness. Without two of their best players, Larry Drew’s team became just the third one this season to lose consecutive games by at least 25 points. Larry Sanders returned two days later with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Bucks’ nine-point loss to the Phoenix Suns.
1-27-14: After returning home from their quick road trip to Texas, the Bucks finally got their first victory of 2014. They were the final NBA team to win a game this January, and it took them 10 tries. It was impressive that Milwaukee beat the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday because the Bucks won without Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo, who were both out due to illness. Wednesday was Caron Butler bobblehead night, and he did not disappoint. Butler scored 30 points, which is his highest-scoring performance in an NBA game when coming off the bench. He will need to continue this success for the Bucks to get a few more wins.
1-20-14: It has been one ugly January for the Bucks, as they have begun the New Year by losing their first seven games of the month. They have not won since December 31 at the Staples Center. On the bright side, five of the Bucks’ losses during this most recent losing streak were against Western Conference opponents. In Milwaukee’s game on Monday in Toronto, it was Ersan Ilyasova’s night to shine. Although the Bucks lost by 22 points, the Turkish big man went off for a season-high 29 points as he shot 11-of-16 from the field.
1-7-14: The lottery-bound Bucks are searching for the players who will contribute to the roster in future years. However, one of those players is out for at least a few games. After the Bucks lost by 11 points to the Nets, John Henson had an MRI on his left ankle. He was one of Milwaukee’s bright spots before going down with the injury. The Bucks then lost by 22 points in Minnesota on Saturday, but Khris Middleton filled the stat sheet: 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Brandon Knight then exploded for a career-high 37 points in a 94-79 win over the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Although the Bucks lost on Thursday at Utah, they still have more road wins this season than they do at home.
12-30-13: It sure has been an ugly season for a Bucks team that has been ravaged by injuries. With Milwaukee’s loss on Friday in Cleveland, Larry Drew’s squad suffered back-to-back overtime losses. The Bucks then traveled home and finally ended their five-game losing streak with a double-digit victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Khris Middleton, Caron Butler and Brandon Knight all topped 20 points in the win. Then on Monday in Charlotte, the Bucks lost yet another overtime game to push their record to 1-5 when playing more than 48 minutes. However, Brandon Knight did score 26 points and dish out 14 assists that night.
12-22-13: Over the last week, there were a couple of new injuries suffered by the already depleted 2013-14 Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova and Gary Neal both went down recently, and Milwaukee has been stuck on five wins for over a week. First, the Chicago Bulls avenged their loss from earlier in the week by defeating the Bucks by one point in Milwaukee on Friday. Larry Drew’s squad then traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks the next night and dropped that contest by 13 points. Then, although the Bucks received extended rest, they fell to the New York Knicks in overtime on Wednesday. Milwaukee is most likely a lottery team, but young players like Brandon Knight, John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be able to help usher in a new Bucks era.
12-13-13: Injuries to Larry Sanders, Caron Butler and Zaza Pachulia have severely hurt the Bucks rotation, but they still had two victories in the last week. Impressively, both of them were on the road. Led by Khris Middleton’s career-high 29 points, Milwaukee beat the Washington Wizards in overtime on Friday. After losing to the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks then defeated the Chicago Bulls. John Henson scored a season-high 25 points in that contest. Milwaukee finished the week with a 32-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but the Bucks still have two wins in the month of December after having just three in November.
12-6-13: It has not been easy for new head coach Larry Drew in Milwaukee. On Friday, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Bucks by 16 points to give them their 11th consecutive loss. That was their longest losing streak since 1996. However, O.J. Mayo led all scorers with 22 points on Saturday, and the Bucks got an important win over the Boston Celtics. John Henson also contributed his first double-double of the season. It was nice for the Bucks to taste victory, but they then lost each of their next two games. Milwaukee will struggle to put together many wins this season, but the team does have a strong nucleus of players that can help the Bucks in future years.
11-28-13: The Milwaukee Bucks have lost ten straight games, but a slow return to health for some of their core players is allowing them to stay competitive. Two of the last four games went to over time before the Bucks ran out of steam. The 2-12 Bucks have the second worst record in the league so far, but Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia are all back in the starting lineup, allowing a solid rotation to finally form – and allowing rookies Nate Wolters and Giannis Antetokounmpo to develop at a more reasonable pace, on the bench.
11-22-13: The winter malaise has already begun in Milwaukee as the once promising 2-2 start has turned into a six-game losing streak for the Bucks. The closest game during the losing streak was a three-point loss to the equally bad Orlando Magic. Ersan Ilyasova, Brandon Knight and LARRY SANDERS! have all missed significant time and the Bucks have regularly had to patch together lineups featuring the likes of Nate Wolters, Khris Middleton and Ekpe Udoh. Fun! At 2-8 on the year, there is little hope in Milwaukee until the young guns can get healthy.
11-15-13: The Bucks continue to be without Luke Ridnour and just when they got Brandon Knight back into the rotation, they lost Caron Butler to a shoulder injury. The lack of healthy bodies hasn’t allowed Milwaukee to play at their highest level, as they’ve three straight games in week three to sit at just 2-5 on the year.
11-8-13: Rookie point guard Nate Wolters has been thrust into major action in the early going of the 2013 season, thanks to injuries to Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour. Thanks to a balanced game and poise on the court, he’s helped the Bucks avoid a huge hole early. Milwaukee is a decent 2-2 through four games, while they’ve been in every game so far and could easily be 4-0. Relying on defense and team play on offense, the Bucks could continue to surprise once at full health.
11-1-13: New head coach Larry Drew hopes that the Bucks’ 1-5 preseason record is not a sign of things to come. The organization added Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and Caron Butler in the offseason to bolster the team’s offense. During the preseason, they picked up both the fourth-year contract option on Knight and third-year option on John Henson. Henson had a productive preseason as he scored 10 points per game and shot better than 55 percent from the field. He is ready for a season in which the Bucks are looking for their second consecutive playoff appearance.
10-18-13: The Milwaukee has fallen on hard times this preseason going 0-4 so far. Caron Butler and Brandon Knight have been bright spots for this Bucks team so far this season as they has been leading Milwaukee in scoring going for double digits in the last two games. Milwaukee has three preseason games left before they begin the regular season:
- October 21 @ Chicago
- October 23 vs New York Knicks
- October 25 vs Toronto
8-29-13: The Bucks have agreed to a deal that will send Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov to the Phoenix Suns for Caron Butler. The 33-year-old Bulter, will make $8 million this season on an expiring contract.
8-23-13: In another roster-turning offseason, the Bucks continue to revamp and retool as they try to find the magic mixture of success. Out are Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick. In are Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and the Greek wonder child that is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Say that three times fast. Milwaukee will look to build around Larry Sanders and John Henson up front, and hope that Brandon Knight rediscovers his mojo in a new environment.
Brandon Jennings and his new Detroit Pistons squad will visit Milwaukee for the first time on Wednesday, December 4th. The defending champion Miami Heat will come to town just once this season, on Saturday March 29th. The Chicago Bulls will make the trek north on Friday, December 13th and again on Friday, January 10th. Lob City will visit Milwaukee on Monday, January 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 2nd – Toronto Raptors
- November 16th – Oklahoma City Thunder
- December 18th – New York Knicks
- January 10th – Chicago Bulls
- January 27th – L.A. Clippers
8-21-13: The Bucks have signed Larry Sanders to a 4-year contract extension worth $44 million. With incentives/bonuses, Sanders could make close to $48 million.
8-8-13:The Bucks and Larry Sanders are closing in on a contract extension that would be worth in excess of $10 million per season.
7-31-13: The Bucks have sent Brandon Jennings to the Pistons in a sign-and-trade deal. In return, Milwaukee will get Brandon Knight, Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton. Jennings is now set to make $24 million over the next three years.
7-27-13: The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent Gary Neal to a two-year, $7.0 million deal.
7-11-13: Jeff Teague has signed a 4-year, $32 million contract offer sheet with the Bucks.
Bucks 2013 Draft Summary
Round 1, Pick 15: SF Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece.
6-12-13: The Bucks have an interesting offseason to say the least. With their two best players; Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings both headed for free agency, the organization will have to decide on which guard they would like to keep. The Bucks made the playoffs as an eighth seed mainly due to a weak conference and were swept by the Miami Heat. Milwaukee will select 15th in this year’s draft. It would be wise if they leaned toward replacing one of their guards who will likely sign elsewhere. Next season the Bucks will have a new head coach in Larry Drew, formerly the head man of the Atlanta Hawks.
2-27-13: The Milwaukee Bucks are 28-28 as an 8th seed in the East. One of the only deals that took place prior to the trading deadline was the Bucks acquiring sharp-shooter JJ Reddick form the Orlando Magic. The Bucks have a 14-14 record both at home and on the road. Look for them to improve their play at home if they want to make the playoffs and advance. The Bucks have won two in a row and their next two opponents will be the Raptors and Jazz. Monta Ellis hit a wild game winning three pointer against the rockets to give his team a 110-107 victory in Houston. Reddick has fit in nicely so far averaging 14 points per game in the three games since he was dealt to the Bucks.
11-26-12 : Currently the Bucks sit atop what is probably the weakest division in the league. With a mediocre 6-5 record the Bucks let what could have been a huge win slip away from them in Miami. No team should look past this group that possesses an extremely explosive back court in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. The Bucks score around 100 points per game but give up just as many also. The Bucks are a playoff team but most likely a first round exit.