Monday , Apr , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks set to close out season

(Sports Network) – The 2006-07 season certainly wasn’t a productive one for
the Milwaukee Bucks, but at least they’ll have a decent pick in the upcoming
NBA lottery draft.

Plagued by injuries and the firing of head coach Terry Stotts, the Bucks have
two games left on the schedule. They will host the Atlanta Hawks on Monday
night at the Bradley Center before wrapping up the campaign on Wednesday
against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

Milwaukee owns a 17-23 record as the host this season, and has lost four
straight and eight of the last nine games at the Bradley Center. The last time
the Bucks dropped 23 games at home was when they ended the 1995-96 season with
a 14-27 record as the host.

The only NBA teams with fewer victories at home this season are the Boston
Celtics (12) and Memphis Grizzlies (13).

New head coach Larry Krystkowiak took over in mid March after Stotts compiled
a 23-41 mark. Krystkowiak is 4-12 since, but will have more success next
season when some of his go-to players return.

Center Andrew Bogut, forwards Bobby Simmons and Charlie Villanueva and guard
Michael Redd were all hampered by injury this season, and should be back at
full strength at the start of next season. Redd averaged 26.7 points and 3.7
rebounds in 53 games this season despite being slowed by a knee problem. The
team is 5-22 without him in the lineup this season.

Since being inserted into the starting lineup earlier this month, center Dan
Gadzuric is averaging 10.3 points and 10.4 boards over his last seven games
(all starts). Gadzuric has also recorded three double-doubles in a row,
including 14 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to Charlotte.

Bucks guard Lynn Greer is averaging 11.3 points over his last four games.

Milwaukee can only hope it has the same luck in this year’s lottery draft as
it did in 2005. That year the Bucks won the lottery and selected Bogut with
the first overall pick.

The Bucks are in desperate need of a point guard and power forward for the
2007-08 season. The upcoming draft may serve as the bridge to that goal unless
general manager Larry Harris finds a way to mess up the selection.

Harris may not even be with the team by the time the NBA Draft rolls around,
but it all depends on owner and Sen. Herb Kohl.