Ten days after claiming an overtime win in Toronto, the Bucks have lost four straight and find themselves in must-win mode hosting the Raptors, who snapped their 13-game losing streak on Friday vs. the Timberwolves.
JS: Kohl tell Bucks 'It's crunch time'
Bad news, Bucks: the boss is in town and he ain't happy. Bucks owner Herb Kohl paid a visit to practice yesterday and had a simple message for the troops:
Said forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, "(Kohl said) that it's time. It's time to start putting wins together. We have 33 games left and right now we're not in the playoffs. We have the potential. We have a good team. We have good players. We can make the playoffs, so it's time to go out there and play like we want to make the playoffs."
I don't foresee Kohl's appearance having much effect one way or the other, but I also won't criticize a guy for occasionally having a chat with the guys he's paying $50 million to play basketball (I'm excluding Redd for obvious reasons).
Bucksketball: As time runs out, frustration builds for Jennings
Though he wasn't in danger of exceeding his 30 minute restriction, Brandon Jennings watched the Bucks' fourth quarter struggles from the bench on Saturday, shaking his head at times as his teammates could do little to prevent Detroit from sending the Bucks to their fourth straight loss, all against teams with losing records. Jeremy writes that Jennings' return has been mostly a struggle thus far--both on the court and on the bench.
"Just more frustrated the fact that I didn’t play in the fourth quarter," Jennings said when asked about his frustrations. "When it really counts and when it really comes down to it. And … hey, I guess I just gotta deal with it. We were down by six, we were right there, and, you know, hey, I’m a fourth quarter type player. I like to make big plays in the fourth quarter."
JS: Salmons close to starting?
I've generally been one of the last people to complain about Skiles' management of the rotation, but his willingness to give John Salmons the benefit of the doubt at every turn has been a consistent source of frustration, particularly given his recent struggles while returning from his mysterious hip ailment. So it's only natural that Skiles is emotionally preparing us for Salmons to return to the starting five.:
"He may go right back in. Trying to get him some sort of practice minutes in the game where he can get his legs back under him and everything, that can be difficult on him and difficult on us. We were able to have a good practice today and got him out there banging bodies and getting some contact so it’s close to time to put him back in there for sure."