Despite the Milwaukee Bucks finally clinching a playoff berth Saturday night, their hopes of winning a playoff series—or even pushing a team to the brink—grow dimmer with each completed game due to poor play.
In order to do either of the aforementioned, they'll need strong performances from certain role players this postseason.
Plagued by inconsistency and a complete lack of effort defensively in recent games, the Bucks haven't been able to get over the hump and claim the seventh seed—or better.
And while the team as a whole needs to find a way to come together and start playing better basketball, the Bucks won't get anywhere without their role players stepping up.
Some will—and need—to be more productive than others.
But who will those players be, how will they increase their roles and what will an increased impact mean to the team?