In what seemed like a speck of time, the Milwaukee Bucks were plagued with injuries to key players. Michael Redd is out for the entire season with a torn MCL and ACL. Center Andrew Bogut is out at least eight weeks with a stress fracture in his back. Point guard Luke Ridnour missed a few games as well.
The interesting part about the injuries is at what point in the season they happened: toward the trade deadline. Toward the trade deadline, the teams making moves believe that they are playoff contenders.
Teams will be looking for players and looking to ship players away. This would be the ideal time to fill the void at a position because there are players out there who are on the trading block.
So, with the injuries the team has suffered, how did the Bucks handle the trade deadline? Let's take a look and review the moves they did and didn't make.
The Bucks made a deal and sent veteran point guard Tyron Lue to the Orlando Magic for guard Keith Bogans. Bogans will try to fill the shoes of the missing Michael Redd at shooting guard in the short-term interest for the team.
The Bucks also brought up guard Eddie Gill from the D-League and he will receive good minutes while Ridnour is out.
There was no need for GM John Hammond to go out and get another point guard, with Ramon Sessions lighting up the scoreboard and playing the best basketball of his career.
Despite the injuries, the team is still playing well, still grasping the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. This is mainly due to the previously mentioned Ramon Sessions and the play at the forward and center positions.
The Bucks remain solid at forward, with guys such as Charlie Villanueva, Richard Jefferson, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. They didn't need to go out and trade for a forward, as their main rotation at the three and four positions are steady. Malik Allen has provided a boost off the bench.
With a big body missing in Andrew Bogut, the backups in Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson need to provide a lift. The two Dutchmen have played well thus far, but can't match the numbers of the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick. Milwaukee probably should have acquired someone for the rest of the season that could give the Bucks eight point-six rebound games regularly.
They missed out on the chance to pick up one of those players, but the Bucks did a fairly good job handling the trade deadline. Milwaukee replaced Michael Redd with a Keith Bogans and, even though he won't put up Redd's numbers, will provide the Bucks with a lift. And with Jefferson, Villanueva, and Sessions, Bogans looks to lead the his new team into the playoffs.
After all, isn't that what trade-deadline pickups are supposed to do?