A model of inconsistency.
Really, the best way you can sum up these Bucks right now.
It's really hard to be extremely disappointed with the Bucks (9-13), considering how awful things were last year. It seemed as if the problems last year were extremely deep-rooted. Laziness, no desire for defense, internal character clashes, and a coach with no direction or philosophy.
This year's team seems to have superficial problems—injuries, foul trouble, and poor shooting, all of which seem to stem from the fact a lot of fresh faces are learning to play together.
This instills me with the thought that there is hope for this team. Plus, there have been defensive improvements, the Bucks have been one of the tops in the NBA in offensive rebounding, and the team has plenty of leadership, scorers, and young players oozing with talent.
That being said, the Bucks looked horrible tonight, as they lost to the Lakers (17-2) in LA, 105-92. That score does not do the Bucks justice. I'm not sure if that is the proper way to word it, but the Lakers dominated the Bucks thoroughly all game up until six minutes or so left in the fourth quarter.
The game started off with horrendous shooting from both teams. Eventually, the Lakers got hot. The Bucks? Not so much.
In fact, much of the second half the Lakers led by 20 to 25 points.
Milwaukee could have been thrown off their game some by the early foul trouble by Richard Jefferson, which only allowed him to see the court for about nine minutes. Malik Allen, who has been playing solidly as a starter, was hurt about three minutes into the game and did not return with a rib injury.
No Bucks starter scored over seven points. Joe Alexander was the leading scorer tonight for the Bucks, dropping 15 in mostly garbage time. Luc Richard Mbah A Moute also was solid in 31 minutes, scoring 14 and nabbing six rebounds and four steals. Sessions, Lue, and Villanueva all scored in double figures. Check the Box Score if you are into it.
In case you were curious but too lazy to look at said box score, Kobe Bryant had 20 points in 30 minutes, though Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol seemed like bigger Buck killers tonight.
The Bucks continue their west coast road trip against Phoenix(12-9) Tuesday night at 8 pm on FSN.
TBC's Buck of the Game: Luc Richard Mbah A Moute - 14 points, six rebounds, and four steals. On a rough night, he was one of the few bright spots