There's so much talent in the NBA, they say you should never be surprised when any one team beats any other. But right now, the playoff-bound Bucks don't seem capable of beating anybody.
Kemba Walker had 21 points and Josh McRoberts had 18 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats knocked off the Bucks 95-85. The Bobcats are more than 3 points below the 29th ranked Orlando Magic in average margin of victory, and both teams beat the Bucks by double-digits in the past week. This is about as poorly as a team could possibly be playing going into the playoffs, since teams playing this poorly don't typically make the playoffs.
The loss officially locked Milwaukee into the 8th seed and a matchup with the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Mike Dunleavy led the Bucks with 19 points on 7-13 shooting but was essentially the only player who had a decent offensive game for Milwaukee. Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick combined to shoot 10-32 from the field and score 28 points and Ellis was held out for much of the second half as it became obvious the Bucks were none too concerned about the eventual outcome of the game. All things considered, that was probably a smart choice, as Ellis has earned the rest and wasn't playing particularly well. Ish Smith filled in and played the majority of the second half, finishing with 7 assists and 4 rebounds, but scored 9 points on 12 shots and turned the ball over 6 times. Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders again missed the game with injuries. John Henson grabbed 11 rebounds in 28 minutes and Ersan Ilyasova was 2-3 on three-pointers, but at this point I'm really just scraping the barrel for bright spots.
The Bucks play their final home game of the season Monday night when they welcome the Denver Nuggets to the BMO Harris Bradley Center.