The Milwaukee Bucks came out of the gates playing at their full potential.
For the first two weeks of the 2012 season, the Bucks were putting the league on notice. Their young-stud center, Larry Sanders, and their dynamic guard duo of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis led their initially impressive team to a 6-2 record in their first eight games.
Then, starting with a November 19 loss to the perennially lowly Charlotte Bobcats, they dropped three in a row on their way to losing five out of six.
Since then, the Bucks have been a .500 team struggling to find an effective offensive identity.
Recently, things have begun looking up. The Bucks responded after the firing of head coach Scott Skiles and the installation of his replacement, Jim Boylan by winning five of their next seven games. Their 110-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on January 20th showcased many encouraging developments from some of the young Bucks players.
They are, however, still far from perfect.
Let's take a look at five things the Bucks can do to regain the dominance they displayed early in the season.
Stats current as of 01/22/2013