No one with half of their wits and general knowledge of the NBA would have given the Milwaukee Bucks a chance heading into Tuesday night’s contest against the defending-champion Miami Heat. In the end, that was also the right way to think about the game as well because Milwaukee never stood a chance in the game.
The Bucks were dominated all night by the Heat, ultimately suffering a blowout loss with the final score sitting at 118-95. Obviously Milwaukee was at a disadvantage with Luke Ridnour still not healthy enough to play and with Larry Sanders now out of action, but they have bigger problems than just injury.
I wasn’t high on the Bucks coming into this season as their roster simply looked too pedestrian from top to bottom for me to consider them a potential playoff team in the East. However, it’s impossible to deny that this team is riddled with young talent that deserves the opportunity to be developed this season. Milwaukee’s key issue this season is that hasn’t happened under new head coach Larry Drew.
Drew has a reputation for believing in his teams perhaps a bit too much. He’s going to play his veterans to try and win games, no matter what the complexion of the roster he’s coaching is. That doesn’t bode well for this team that features players like John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and even rookie guard Nate Wolters. Those guys deserve to be getting big minutes right now with the Bucks’ injury concerns and the team struggling. It’s still early in the season, but Drew looks like the wrong man for the job right now in Milwaukee.