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Disastrous Day for Bucks

 

I think we can all agree on this, Monday couldn’t have gotten much worse for the Milwaukee Bucks. It was announced that star player Michael Redd will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in the left knee, and head coach Scott Skiles was brought to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat. To put the icing on top of the cake, the Bucks lost their game against the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee’s 105-101 loss was their 22nd straight against the Suns, and it won’t get any easier for them in the immediate future. The Bucks still have four games to go before their season-long six game, ten day road streak comes to an end.

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The horrific day began when it was announced that Redd would be out for the season with the identical injury to the one that sidelined him last year, leaving his future in the NBA up in the air. Then, shortly before tip-off, Skiles was brought to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat, but it appears that it was just a precautionary measure. Just when the team thought the day couldn’t get any worse, it did. The Suns showed no sympathy on the Bucks, as they dominated the first quarter of the game. At one point in the first half, they had their lead at a whopping 24 points! All this put together would be enough to make most teams give up on the day, but Milwaukee’s players refused to surrender.

The Bucks were able to cut the deficit to 12 at halftime, and they even took a 1-point lead early in the 4th quarter. But, the luck of the Irish, as the rest of the day proved, was not with Milwaukee. Phoenix was able to survive, lead by Steve Nash’s 30-point, 11-assist performance. Amare Stoudemire also added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Leading the Bucks’ charge for a comeback was Luke Ridnor, who scored 17 points. Rookie sensation Brandon Jennings had 14 points and Andrew Bogut added 13 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

 


When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard told the story of the Milwaukee Bucks’ heartbreaking day. The team is now 15-20 after back-to-back losses to the Phoenix Suns and another Western Conference powerhouse, the Los Angeles Lakers. They also lost their 8th seed in the Eastern Conference to the Chicago Bulls, whom they defeated just days ago. But don’t think that this team is going to give up. The Bucks will undoubtedly play with a new passion, competing for their injured star guard and their tenacious coach. Besides, everyone has a bad day once-in-awhile.

 

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By: Zach Rastall
ProBasketball-fans.com Milwaukee Bucks Correspondent


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