I broke the news last night during Home Court Sports, with the Detroit Pistons loss, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched a playoff berth for the second year in a row. I honestly wasn’t sweating it, I knew the Pistons wouldn’t and couldn’t make up the games necessary to steal a spot. Still, you wait until it is official.
When it did finally become official, I felt a quick moment of pride and excitement. That quickly dissipated as I asked myself, now what? (I see you all scratching your heads.) Why would my excitement dissolve so quickly? It’s a case of the “uns”, unknowns and untrustworthy.
The Bucks have far too many unknowns about them. This is Joe Prunty’s first foray into postseason as a head coach. The spotlight is much brighter and the pressure is much tighter. Speaking of which, how is Jabari Parker going to handle it? This is going to be his maiden voyage into the playoffs as well. This team has struggled defensively, but expect to get Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova imminently. How will their returns affect the rotations, the offensive flow, and the defense? Unknown.
The Bucks have shown themselves to be untrustworthy. They’ll play well in stretches, then the wheels fall off. (More evident as of late with multiple blown leads. Many of them double digit.) Joe Prunty has become the Jason Kidd lite edition I thought he would be, if the Bucks ever decided to rid themselves of Kidd mid season. His rotations have become puzzling, defensive system is failing, offense sputters at inopportune times, and his adjustments aren’t working well. (If at all sometimes.)
I always hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Can the Bucks win a first round series? Sure, the talent is there. Question is; will the unknowns and untrustworthy nature of this squad curtail their chances? Yes, the Bucks clinched, but now what?