Coming into the 2013-2014 season, there was a rumored directive from the owner’s office in Milwaukee that the Bucks would not be tanking, and would rather compete for a lower-tier playoff spot. However, it appears that the Bucks organization didn’t account for the fact that their current roster would be quite this dysfunctional.
The Bucks lost their 11th consecutive decision at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night, and they did it in embarrassing fashion by the score of 92-76. Milwaukee’s offense completely abandoned them in the loss, as they shot just 33.3% as a team and failed to tally more than 21 points in any of the 4 quarters.
Brandon Knight, the team’s starting point guard, was the lone statistical bright spot for Milwaukee, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes, but that didn’t come close to making up for some of the carnage. OJ Mayo (2-11 FG), Khris Middleton (3-9 FG), John Henson (3-9 FG), Luke Ridnour (1-6 FG), and Gary Neal (4-11 FG) all failed to crack even 40% shooting on an individual basis during the game, and the fact that Milwaukee got destroyed on the glass (54 to 38) only made the damage greater.
In fairness to the Bucks, Charlotte played pretty well in this spot, especially on the defensive end. The rebounding differential was likely the single biggest factor, but big man Al Jefferson had his best game of the season (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Charlotte continuously forced less than optimal shots from the Bucks.
Overall, Milwaukee’s losing streak is probably a good thing for the team. It was largely preposterous for Milwaukee to try to compete for the 8th spot this season instead of aiming for draft position, and even if the team elects to “compete” moving forward, they are probably in a big enough hole at this point where it won’t matter.