Bucks Need Jennings Back, Too Late For Playoffs?

Zach HerringCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 16: Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers battle for a loose ball at the Bradley Center on November 16, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Lakers defeated the Bucks 118-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks suffered a 93-84 loss at Houston today. It is obvious that the Bucks are having a very tough time without Jennings and Delfino.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brandon Jennings has taken the boot off and is lightly shooting around in practice. The Bucks are 2-8 in their last 10 games, beating New Jersey and Dallas.

The scoring the Bucks need is not there. Bogut isn’t a big scorer; he is more of a 12-point 10-rebound guy, which is good. but without Jennings especially, the scoring is gone.  

Delfino has also been working out and is expected to be back “soon.”  In seven games, Delfino averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. Not any huge numbers, but once Jennings and Delfino are back and playing together we can expect Delfino’s numbers to jump up a little more.

What do the Bucks need? Well, first the Bucks need to get rid of Michael Redd before the trade deadline. Secondly, the Bucks need a true back-up to Andrew Bogut, a guy who can be the 2009 version of Kurt Thomas. I am not saying that I do not like Brockman or Sanders but they are both power forwards. (I do hate Brockman though.)

Michael Redd can be traded for a washing machine and a new Bango suit for all I care. Yes, Redd has done good things for the Bucks but definitely not of late. I would like to see the Bucks consider signing Jeff Green this summer. He is great player who can score, rebound and blocks some shots. A really good undersized power forward.

The fact here is that the Bucks need to turn around and quickly at that. Each of the past three seasons, the Bucks record has improved, unless the Bucks turn this season around they will not match or beat last season’s 46 wins.