Originally posted on Losers Bracket  |  Last updated 4/18/13
In Game of Thrones, Ned Stark warns that the world is on the verge of many years of snow and darkness when he says that “winter is coming”. Well **** Ned, it’s April 18th and snow is in the air as I write this. So congratulations Mr. Stark, looks like you were right. And……segway…I’ve been watching alot of Game of Thrones instead of watching/writing about the Bucks in the last month and a half. Probably time well spent on my part. In reviewing the archives, it appears Ralphnuts last wrote about the Bucks on February 27th. Since that time, the Bucks have gone a miserable 10-16. They failed to make any progress up the Playoff ladder despite ample opportunities to do so, and really just wound down the season in more or less miserable fashion. In a script that could have been/was written in the preseason, the Bucks finished in the middle of the pack, with a losing record, and lots of uncertainty about the future. Rather predictable and rather negative indeed. On a positive note, the Bucks were a pretty entertaining squad to watch for most of the season. Though admittedly (and right back to the negative), once March hit and the Bucks failed to capitalize on opportunities to move up, even I, the ever dedicated Ralphnuts, had a hard time maintaining any interest. Literally, if there was a way to lose a game, the Bucks seemed to find a way to do it. And what’s up with the Hawks? Really Bucks, can’t find a way to get over the hump and beat the Hawks a time or two? I mean, ****, if any team possibly has less interest in the NBA game than the average LosersBracket Reader, it’s the Hawks. It’s possible that is even more frustrating to watch Josh Smith shoot lazy, random jumpers than it is Monta Ellis (though gotta give Monta props, he’s remedied that aspect of his game somewhat). Speaking of Monta, he has again apparently declared/confirmed he intends to opt out. He’s played well enough the second half of the season that someone will make a play at him. So he’s gone. I have mixed feelings about Monta, really had a love/hate relationship with his somewhat unorthodox game. Jennings is maybe drifting toward head case land, or maybe the coach and Jennings just aren’t a good fit. Maybe the Bucks should commit to Jennings long term? Yeah he’s streaky, but I mean, Jennings could be worse right? He does seem to be somewhat genuinely interested in playing/living in Milwaukee. And face it, the list of even “midlevel, maybe an allstar some day” type players that want to play for the Bucks organization is pretty freaking short. So maybe we should hang on to him. Lot’s of talk about the Arena issue cropping up now. Nobody wants to pay for it, nobody cares about the Bucks so why should they fund it, all the same old ********. We’ll see what happens. Maybe the Bucks end up in Sacto or Seattle some day in the not to distant future. All in all, it was pretty much a year that lived up to expectations…. Oh wait, ****, that’s right, it’s not over yet. The Bucks are in the Playoffs. Opening tip, Sunday night against the Heat. My enthusiasm for this series is admittedly low. Maybe an inspired effort in game one turns it all around for me, but my expectations are dismal. The question really is, can the Bucks win one, just one, game? Based on the last month and a half, I would say probably not. They haven’t exactly lit a fire blazing their way into the playoffs. Kinda limped in due to the ********** of the remainder of the Eastern Confernce. And, oh boy, does Chris Bosh cause problems for the Bucks. Lures the Bucks gangly big men away from the basket with his silky smooth jumper, allowing open lanes for Lebron to do his robot dunks, and DWade to get all funky with his layups. They also have Ray Allen. He is what they call a “pure shooter”. But really, I mean, this is the NBA, and all of these guys can flat out play. With respect to winning one game, it is really a matter of heart and effort. Due to talent discrepancies, the Bucks cannot beat the heat 4 out of 7. But they should be able to win a game or two if they give true effort. Undoubtedly they will lose the first two in Miami. Then the question becomes: Are their hearts and minds on court at the BMO Bradley Center for games 3 and 4? Or are they thinking about their journey out of Winterfell to their sweet ass pad down in Kings Landing? (and segway completed). I’ll do my best to offer some thoughts on the Bucks performance in the upcoming games. See you in the playoffs Buck Fan. Just to clarify, the Bucks are represented by Ned Stark, the Heat are represented by the big ass sword. David Stern is represented by that little prick King Joeffrey.
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