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Last week was a busy week for the Milwaukee Bucks. With the All-Star break over and the trade deadline nearing, the team was gearing up to make a big push into the playoffs in the season’s final 30 games.
- There were trade rumors abound for the Milwaukee Bucks as the deadline closed in. We heard everything from acquiring Troy Murphy from the Pacers to sending Kurt Thomas to the Hawks to trading Luke Ridnour to the Knicks.
- Milwaukee played its first game after the All-Star break on Wednesday night at the Bradley Center against the Houston Rockets.
- Houston hit 16 threes, cruising to an easy 127-99 victory against the Bucks.
- The Rockets outscored the Bucks 43-18 in the 3rd quarter after leading by just five at halftime.
- Milwaukee made two trades before the trade deadline at 2p.m. on Thursday.
- John Salmons was acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick, and two second round draft picks.
- In a minor move, the Bucks traded rookie Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson to the Philadelphia 76ers for Primoz Brezec, Royal Ivey, and the Sixers’ 2010 second round pick.
- No move was made for Murphy – the Pacers were evidently asking too much for the power forward.
- I took a look at whether the Bucks were playoff contenders with the deadline acquisitions they made.
- John Salmons made his Bucks debut on Friday night in Detroit against the Pistons.
- He ended up hitting a huge three with 16 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Bucks.
- Salmons played hero for the second straight night on Saturday, scooping up a loose ball that the Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson lost. He made the two ensuing free throws after Jackson fouled him, and the Bucks held on to win, 93-88.
- Jackson had a game-high 35 points, leading his team back from a 20-point deficit in the 3rd quarter.
- With the win, Milwaukee pulled within a game of the 8th-seeded Bobcats.
What’s on tap for this week?
The Bucks will play five games this week to close out the month of February. Four will be on the road, with the lone home game coming on Wednesday against New Orleans.
Milwaukee will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on Tracy McGrady and the revamped Knicks on Monday night. Wednesday is the aforementioned home game against the Hornets. They will play the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night in Indiana. The second set of back-to-backs this week will begin on Saturday night in Miami with the second game of the set on Sunday night in Atlanta.
We’ll really see how well the new-look Bucks gel this week. Milwaukee beat the Knicks earlier this month in New York, and now they have a new weapon to use in John Salmons. They might need him on Wednesday against the Chris Paul-less Hornets. Darren Collison has filled in admirably at point guard for Paul, averaging over 20 points and nearly 10 assists per game in his absence. Collison sniffed a triple-double earlier in the season against the Bucks, as well.
Thursday’s game in Indiana is certainly winnable for Milwaukee, as the Pacers haven’t had an answer for Andrew Bogut all season. Dwayne Wade, who has missed the past several games with a strained left calf, might not play against Milwaukee on Saturday. Give the advantage to the Bucks if he can’t go. Sunday’s game against the Hawks is a tough matchup any way you look at it. Armed with many weapons, Atlanta is a matchup nightmare for just about every team in the league.
The Bucks would likely be very happy escaping the week with a 3-2 record. Such a record would leave them at 29-30 heading into March, where they will play 10 of 15 games at home.
The tough week begins Monday night in New York. Gametime is 6:30p.m. and can be heard on AM 620.
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