Bucks-Hornets: Didn't N.O. Trade Tyson Chandler?

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2009

Now, obviously, I know the specifics of the trade (and then not trade) of Chandler, but if he wasn't a Hornet, this game could have had a much different outcome. Let's rewind a bit.

The Bucks played the "Bucs" last night; it was a game you would have been able to see on ESPN, if they'd let you. The big network missed out on the New Orleans Hornets donning some old-school Bucs unis and the Bucks in their reds. And besides that, they didn't get to broadcast a great finish.

I would say great game, but the truth is, Milwaukee was manhandled until late in the fourth quarter. Down 15 to 20 most of the game, the Bucks made a furious comeback with Bogans, Bell, Allen, Jones and Gadzuric.

You read that right. They made a comeback from down 89-72 to up 94-93 in 3:22, a stretch in which they made six consecutive three-pointers.

Then, with just 10 seconds to go, Charlie Bell hit a three to put Milwaukee up by one.

Tyson Chandler would end the Bucks' euphoria, however, as he secured the victory for the Hornets with a tip-in on a shot missed by David West. Heartbreaker. Only, I didn't see any of it until later last night on the TV.

Instead, I got a play-by-play account of the game from Winks, who was getting a play-by-play from our buddy Gweeds, who was watching the game on satellite at a bar in Oshkosh. Thanks ESPN.

Thanks, OKC, for backing out on the Chandler deal because of a "failed physical" we all know was a change of heart due to money.

And while I'm in the mood for thanking people sarcastically, a big THANKS to David Stern for hating on Milwaukee. Nothing new, I just feel it's necessary to let off steam about the 2001 Sixers-Bucks Playoff series at least once a month until I die.

On Friday night, the Bucks were led by Richard Jefferson, who scored 22. But the TBC player of the game has to be bench spark Charlie Bell, who dropped 21 points on five three-pointers.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul added 20 assists, so that was awesome. If you take a gander at the conveniently-placed link of the box score, make sure to look at the +/- stat, it's pretty astonishing.

Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill.

Milwaukee will try to get on the right track tonight. They have the Washington Wizards at home and are set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

If it is any consolation, Milwaukee still miraculously holds a half-game lead for the eighth seed over New Jersey, and a game lead over Chicago.