Think back about 11 months ago when the backcourt duo of Brandon Jennings and John Salmons was clicking and the Milwaukee Bucks were making their playoff drive. Those were the days, right? The Bucks would like to reprise that winning tune but are finding it quite difficult due to injuries and inconsistency in the backcourt. Jennings was a picture of frustration on the Bucks' three-game trip as he was saddled with a minutes limit each night while recovering from a broken left foot. He played 17 minutes in Los Angeles against the Clippers, 24 on Wednesday in Phoenix and 20 on Thursday in Oakland. And the 21-year-old guard went 8 of 29 from the field (27.6%) in three Bucks losses, including 1 of 6 while scoring just two points in Milwaukee's 100-94 defeat to Golden State to end the trip. Salmons returned to the lineup against Phoenix after missing eight games with a strained right hip. But he looked rusty after the layoff and was 1 for 7 in 11 minutes. He played 21 minutes against the Warriors but made little impact, going 1 for 5 and finishing with two points. Bucks coach Scott Skiles is trying to get the two guards back in rhythm but also needs to see some winning results before Milwaukee slips further back in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
Bucks' guarded optimism
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 5