2013 NBA Playoffs: Can the Milwaukee Bucks Cause An Upset?

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After a two-year hiatus, the Milwaukee Bucks will be back for some postseason action this year. The Bucks are currently seven games ahead of the slumping Philadelphia 76ers and are practically guaranteed to make the 2013 NBA playoffs.

As it currently stands, the Bucks are the eighth seed, trailing the Boston Celtics by two games. If the playoffs were to start today, this would have Milwaukee taking on the Miami Heat

The team’s point guard, Brandon Jennings, has already told the media that he wouldn’t mind taking on the defending champions in the first round. He said that he preferred to take on the challenge of going up against the top team in the conference, rather than taking on the New York Knicks.

Now, any individual who is in their right mind would probably say that Jennings is asking for problems and he is. The Bucks have done as well as anyone against Miami this regular season, but the playoffs are another story. If the Bucks indeed end up playing the Heat, their realistic goal should not be to make it to the second round, but to not get swept.

Monta Ellis has been fantastic in the month of March and Larry Sanders has been a surprising revelation this season, but the Bucks simply do not have what it takes to push LeBron James and the rest of the Heat.

Their best shot at prolonging their postseason would be to catch up to the Celtics and take over the seventh seed in the East. Even then, a first round exit would be the most probable scenario against the Indiana Pacers or Knicks.

Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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