The Milwaukee Bucks are on a very bad path heading into the 2013 NBA playoffs. Considering who they are playing in the first round, the Bucks must use the last two games of the regular season to find out who they really are.
After Milwaukee’s embarrassing 95-85 loss to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, the Bucks have now lost four straight games and 11 of their last 14. They have also dropped nine consecutive games on the road. Obviously, limping into the first round of the playoffs with the Miami Heat looming is no way to go about their business.
Milwaukee head coach Jim Boylan is considering resting his players as much as possible over the next two games. Considering Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders both suffered alarming injuries in a loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, it is understandable why Boylan is being cautious. However, the Bucks cannot afford to rest players when they are playing as bad as they are.
“We’ll try to keep our guys fresh and keep them playing enough that they’re feeling in a rhythm and ready to compete,” Boylan said, according to ESPN.com. “I don’t want to sit them out completely, but at the same time we want to be cautious.”
It certainly might be too late for Milwaukee to turn it around, but that does not mean it is impossible. The Bucks have veterans on the team that have been to the playoffs before and know what is at stake. The veteran leadership alone can get the mindset of the team in the right place so Milwaukee can be competitive against Miami.
The Bucks know they can defeat the Heat. It is just a matter of working together as a team and not allowing certain players to take over the game.