It's hard to believe the NBA season is just about halfway through until you look at the thermometer and realize, yes, it's mid-January in Wisconsin. Forty games in, and the wind chill feels like 40-below.
These things are predictable as is the Bucks' 22-18 record the fact they've hovered around .500 all season but the path Milwaukee has taken to this point has been anything but expected.
The goal from Day 1 was simple: Make the playoffs. It had to be done, and at the halfway point Milwaukee is comfortably sitting in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with six games separating it from the ninth spot but only 3.5 from the second spot. This is what we thought it was: a playoff team.
But there was no way of forecasting that it would take Scott Skiles being replaced by Jim Boylan 32 games into the season to get to this point. A midseason coaching change usually signals a lost cause, but in this case it's been just part of the crazy path Milwaukee has taken....