Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Week Ahead (March 22nd-28th)

It turns out home was not very sweet for the Bucks. The Bucks end their six game home stand with two wins and four losses. Not exactly a playoff springboard. We knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park home stand, but I was hoping for at least .500. The loss to the Knicks was a killer. At the time Frank at Brewhoop wrote:
Still, there's no way to sugarcoat this game--it was a huge, huge loss that we may very look back on as the decisive game of the season.
I’m ready to say it was that decisive game.

Now the Bucks have a difficult three game road stretch as time starts to run out on their playoff hopes and the gap between them and that final spot continues to grow.

March 25th @ Toronto(25-45)
Chris Bosh likely has April 15th circled on his schedule for two reasons.
  1. It’s tax day here in America.
  2. The Raptors nightmare season will finally come to an end.
No team started the season with more realistically high expectations that went unfulfilled. I mean we were talking about the Raptors as a team that could contend for a playoff spot in the four range. The free fall hasn’t ended even as the team has come together from a health standpoint. The Chris Bosh Watch started before the season and has only intensified as things have spun out of control. There is a better chance that the Bucks will have a title by 2011 than the Raps will have Chris Bosh. Here is the Bucks best shot at picking up a much needed win on this road trip. Good thing it's first, it could set the tone and maybe spur one last shot.

March 27th @ Orlando (51-18)
Must we do this again? Last game was more reminiscent of bugs hitting a car than actual basketball. Bucks were flying off the mighty Dwight Howard and balls were flying into innocent spectators. I still believe at some point in his career the NBA’s answer to Godzilla will cause the explosion of a basketball with his right hand. Earlier this year I thought the Magic were the likeliest of this year’s top teams to go out early in the playoffs, but now I’m having second thoughts on that. They have surrounded Howard perfectly and play crazy defense. I can’t wait to see them go up against the Cavs or Celtics in round two, that will be fun.

March 28th @ Miami (37-32)
D-Wade is making a historic MVP push right now averaging over 35 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in March. What’s crazy is that even with that legendary type run he hasn’t secured pole position on the road to the MVP vote. That is as good a reason as any that Lebron should be MVP. MVP or not Wade will likely be more than enough to put the Bucks away in South Beach which is a phenomenal home court. The fans aren’t great but if I were a millionaire under 30 in South Beach I’d probably be a little preoccupied with my before and after game plans.

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