The Milwaukee Bucks have the potential to be a very good basketball team. Unfortunately, no one has been able to see it yet because the team has been plagued with injuries.
The Bucks have yet to see veteran acquisitions Luke Ridnour or Carlos Delfino this season, with Delfino reportedly done for the year. Meanwhile, Ersan Ilyasova has appeared in just three games while he continues to deal with an ankle injury that will most likely be a factor for the entire season. Point guard Brandon Knight, who Milwaukee acquired in a trade in the offseason, hurt his hamstring within the first two minutes of the season opener and hasn’t been able to do much since. To top it all off, center Larry Sanders is out for six weeks as he recovers from thumb surgery.
In a tough loss against the Orlando Magic Wednesday night, the Bucks were only able to suit up eight players. Nate Wolters was the only point guard and Miroslav Raduljica was the only player officially listed as a center, although he only played six minutes.
It was clear frustration was boiling over, as players were not doing their jobs correctly mostly because they were in unfamiliar territory. Even so, Milwaukee lost a heart breaker that they definitely should have won.
It is easy for fans and the media outside of Milwaukee to label the Bucks as just another loser in 2013-14. The reality is there is so much talent on the roster that head coach Larry Drew is going to have a hard time figuring out minutes once everyone is healthy. Until then, the available players are just going to have to weather the storm.