Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 2/2/12

The most mystifying sub-.500 team in the NBA this year is surely the Milwaukee Bucks, who knocked off the Heat for the second time in little over a week on Wednesday night. (If you are mystified by the Knicks being under .500, you know less about basketball than anyone should ever admit).

Milwaukee won 105-97 on Wednesday despite 40 points from LeBron James, 24 of which came in the first quarter. The Bucks also erased a 13-point halftime deficit. And it’s not as if the Heat were doing their three games in three days stretch — Miami had a night off after beating the lowly Hornets on Monday.

One-third of Miami’s losses have now come to Milwaukee.

The Bucks’ 91-82 Jan. 22 win over the Heat was just as improbable — it was Milwaukee’s first road win after starting the year with eight straight losses away from the Bradley Center. That one was a little easier to explain from Miami’s perspective, though, as Dwyane Wade was out with an injury and the Heat were playing their fourth game in seven days.

Sandwiched between the two wins over the Heat was a 100-89 victory over the Lakers. While this is hardly the typical Laker team, one has to consider the fact the Bucks won that game without Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson in the lineup as quite the feat.

As impressive as those wins are, the Bucks also have one of the season’s worst losses — the pathetic Bobcats have secured one-third of their season win total at Milwaukee’s expense. (Charlotte lost to Portland 112-68 on Wednesday night to fall to 3-20. Michael Jordan as an executive is the direct inverse of MJ as a player).

As it stands right now, the Bucks certainly look like a team capable of making it into the playoffs — and one the Heat surely don’t want to run into in the first round.

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