MILWAUKEE A simple old quote states: If you want to go east, don't go west.
If only the Milwaukee Bucks had the option.
Instead, the Bucks -- as they do twice a year, every year (unless there is a lockout) -- will embark on a three-game swing to the West Coast starting Tuesday in Los Angeles. This year's trip comes at a critical time in the season. A successful trip would mean a much needed confidence boost under a new head coach, but a few losses could provide another stumbling block in a season full of them.
If Milwaukee is to achieve the former, it must shake history because history certainly isn't on its side.
In fact, the Bucks have just five winning road trips of at least three games against Western Conference teams in the past 20 years, with two of those coming in 1999-00 and just one since.
The last time Milwaukee finished a season with a winning road record against Western Conference teams was 1999-00. Since then, it's a combined 41-130.
This season has been no diffe...