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The Bucks may be young, but like their animal counter part they have no problems tussling with the big guys every once in a while. Now this is something that on the surface isn't bad, but when it's combined with a propensity of not showing up against weaker or equal competition...
Well that's a serious issue.
Here is the Bucks schedule from just January to give you an idea of what I mean:
Jan 2 vs OKC: Win
Jan 4 at NYK (Madison Square Garden): Win
Jan 6 vs NYK: Loss
Jan 8 vs WSH: Loss
Jan 10 at SAS: WIN
Jan 13 vs MIA: WIN
Jan 15 at ATL: Loss
Jan 16 vs PHI: Loss
Jan 18 at HOU: Loss
Jan 20 at ORL: Loss
Jan 21 at MIA: Loss
Jan 23 vs HOU: Win
Jan 25 vs PHI: Loss
So big wins over marquee franchises like Oklahoma City, the Knicks at MSG, San Antonio, Miami and Houston.
Matched with losses against such 'quality' opponents such as the Knicks at home, Washington at home, Atlanta, Philadelphia both at home and on the road, and Orlando on the road.
Add that with showing up regularly against the Warriors and Cavs and there seems to be a small trend starting to show through the sub .500 record. Good teams will show up in big games. Very-good to great teams know how to show up almost every night. Luckily the Bucks can keep pointing out that they are 'owning the future' I suppose.
They sure aren't 'owning the now' it would seem.
For more check out the podcast below that breaks this down more in-depth.