Where is the Bucks playoff intensity?
I knew the Bucks probably wouldn't win either of the first two games in Detroit. I guessed that neither game was likely to be competitive. Those things haven't surprised me. What has surprised me is the Bucks' attitude in those games. I thought for sure they would play them with passion and intensity. They have not. In fact, if you were in a coma for a couple of weeks and started watching either of the games while they were in progress, I'll bet you would have thought you were watching a regular season game.
It doesn't add up. These are the play-offs. The Bucks are the prohibitive underdogs. The Bucks should be breathing fire, right? I guess not.
It shows most on defense. No playoff team should give up lay-ups or uncontested jump shots on defense. The Pistons have gotten a lot of those from the Bucks. The most disturbing example of this is the way Tayshaun Prince, the world's tallest featherweight, goes across the lane unmolested for easy finger roll layups. The Bucks have to punish him when he gets in the lane. No more easy chances. Its all about attitude.