Last week, the Milwaukee Bucks let go of Scott Skiles as their coach. Despite having a record around .500, they decided to end Skiles' tenure in Milwaukee and veteran assistant Jim Boylan will coach the team for the rest of the season.
Boylan and the new Bucks coaching staff inherit a team with some talented pieces, but there are a plethora of issues they must solve.
One of the prominent issues is their consistency. They've rattled off some impressive wins this season, such as two victories on the road against the rival Chicago Bulls and three victories over the Boston Celtics. They even spanked the reigning champion Miami Heat by 19 points in late December.
This provides reason for optimism for Bucks fans, because they are capable of beating quality opponents.
But they're also capable of losing to anybody, as evidenced by their 16-point home loss to the lowly Detroit Pistons last Friday. They simply haven't been able to perform at a high level on a night-in, night-out basis, which is evident when looking at how they've faded after a hot start (began the season 6-2, but are now 19-17).
Boylan and his staff must implement some immediate changes to solve Milwaukee's problems. If these problems aren't addressed, the Bucks may soon find themselves buried in the Central Division beneath Chicago and the Indiana Pacers.
*Stats in this slideshow were as of January 13, 2013.