Stormtrooper Accuracy dooms Bucks
Remember the Stormtroopers from Star Wars? Even when they shot their weapons from ridiculously close range they always missed. It was so pathetic it was almost camp. Well, the Bucks were Stormtrooper worthy last night and that's being kind. In the vanguard of ineptitude were their big men, Bogut and Magliore. The duo combined to miss an astonishing 11 shots within 5 feet of the hoop. You have to really try hard to be that inaccurate. The thing that is particularly baffling is they did it against a Rockets' team that played most of the game without a true center. How can you be so awful? Well, at least they both earned their Masonworkers Union card last night.
The Barney Fife shooting display was not limited to the big men by any means. The team overall missed 45 of their 72 field goal attempts, including 17 in a row in the fourth quarter. 17 in a row. Consequently they finished the fourth quarter having scored only 9 points. Bad with a big B.
Moreover, the 17 point Rocket victory makes 9 losses by 14 or more points for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005-06 campaign. And six of those hideously large losses have come against teams with losing records at gametime. The Utah Jazz, the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls, the Orlando Magic, and now the Houston Rockets are all losers and have all blown the Bucks out this year. Of that lot, maybe the Lakers will make the playoffs. Maybe.
The news gets worse. The Bucks nine -14 point losses puts them in a tie with the Portland Trailblazers for the second most -14 point losses by any team in the Association this season. The only team with more than 9 is the Atlanta Hawks with 10. If you didn't know, the Hawks and the Blazers are the two worst teams in the Association. Bad company to keep.
The roller coaster season continues.
AP photos by Morry Gash