Bucks Record Stunning and Sweet Victory
Unfrickinbelievable. Last night the Milwaukee Bucks rebounded from one of the most depressing weeks in the annals of the purple and green to record one of the more stunning and sweet victories in recent memory, 110-89 in Denver against the George Karl Nuggets.
Stunning because the Bucks have been awful against teams with winning records for the better part of two months (prior to last night they had lost 14 of 15 against teams with winning records), and yet last night they handled the Nuggets with incredible ease. Stunning because the team's offense has been atrocius throughout calendar year 2006 and yet last night they scored a mind-boggling 69 points in the first half. Stunning because the Bucks rarely win in Denver, and yet playing their third game in four days in the mountain air they found the energy to came out smokin' like Joe Frazier and just bury the hometown Nuggets in an avalanche of purple snow. Stunning because in the last two weeks Andrew Bogut looked like he had nothing left, and yet last night he played a simply magnificent game against the formidable line of Camby and KMart, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 and yanking 11 rebounds.
Sweet because the team desperately needed an unexpected win after a week in which they suffered some of the most painful "defeat from the jaws of victory" losses I have ever witnessed. Sweet because the team has been getting relentlessly bashed on local sports talk radio since the All-Star break (mostly deserved, but nonetheless). Sweet because, let's face it, the season was kind of hanging in the balance. When you combine the psychological impact of last week with the difficult games coming up, if the Bucks lost last night the slippery slope downward would have gotten a hell of a lot slicker and the descent would have gotten a hell of a lot faster. And finally, sweet because its always nice to spank the loud mouth ex-coach whose ego and larynx nearly ruined the franchise (if you don't get my spank reference look here).
In the next two days I will analyze some of the transcendent clues to success the Bucks should take from last night's victory. But for now all I'm going to say is this: Lean on that one Curious George, you narcissistic windbag, you!