If there is one thing that has been true for the Milwaukee Bucks over my life span it is that they are really amazing at missing golden opportunities. It is incredibly frustrating but it just seems like the case so often that when we have the chance to grab hold and step up, we fall. Whether it was when we were up 3-2 against Atlanta in 2010 or this past game against the Knicks, when we get a chance to take control we usually end up doing the opposite.
Monday's game against the Knicks is just another example of this but to have thrown away the golden opportunity to take the final playoff spot away from New York is so frustrating it is not even funny. When the game was on the line it was just brick after brick. I really thought when Brandon Jennings had a look at that 3 pointer in the last 30 seconds of that game that we were finally going to see a real riveting moment of his career with the net barely moving. Instead it was met with a clang as it ricocheted off the rim.
I gotta admit that I am loving this combination in the front court of Jennings and Ellis though. They are so fast and work together so well that it has me saying Andrew Who? We have a real team identity now and that is speed. Extremely quick hands and even quicker feet have this guard combination doing things we haven't seen in many years as Bucks fans. I hope we decide to keep them together for the considerable future because if we could add a true 7 foot Center in the mix we really would have the ability to compete for a title.
They did not lose to the Knicks because of a lack of heart, I will completely give them that. They wanted it bad, so bad that it may have affected their ability to make open shots in fact. All I know is that it didn't matter in the end because the final result of the game was what we are far too used to. Times are changing, I can really feel it, but that doesn't stop me from being incredibly disappointed with the finish to that game. I have seen too many losses like this where it just wasn't quite enough. The season isn't over yet, but it sure got a whole lot harder after missing this golden opportunity.