You won't hear a discouraging word from Milwaukee Bucks coach Jim Boylan. The Bucks are limping into the playoffs and have lost four straight games and 11 of their last 14 entering the regular-season home finale against Denver on Monday night. But Boylan is focused on getting his team in a positive frame of mind for the seemingly impossible task of facing the top-seeded Miami Heat in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Boylan said there was good news on point guard Brandon Jennings' recovery from a left Achilles injury that kept him out of the last two games. "Brandon seems to be doing better," Boylan said Sunday. "He got some shots up today and he's made some progress." Jennings has a chance to play Monday against the Nuggets, although the Bucks will be careful with him and center Larry Sanders, who also has been out the last two games with a sore lower back. Now that the Bucks are locked into the eighth playoff spot, some of the regulars can receive a bit more rest over the final two regular-season games. "We'll play our guys, but we'll be smart about it," Boylan said. "We don't want to kill anybody with minutes. "But we want to stay in a rhythm, see if we can play well and take it into the playoffs." The Bucks face two of the top three teams in the Western Conference to end the season as they meet coach George Karl's Nuggets and close it out at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Denver is trying to hang on to the third-seeded position in the West and will be motivated as it plays Milwaukee. The Bucks are coming off a winless four-game trip that included losses to lowly Orlando and Charlotte, two teams vying for the top position in the draft lottery. "There's no time to be discouraged," Boylan said. "Being discouraged is for losers. "We're excited about this opportunity (to play the Heat). Everybody knows we've got to play well." Boylan said he will tune out the naysayers as his team starts to prepare for Game 1 to be played Saturday or Sunday in Miami. "If it's not on E Street Radio, I don't hear it," Boylan said of the Sirius Satellite Radio channel that plays Bruce Springsteen music 24 hours a day. "I'm a Jersey guy."
Jim Boylan says struggling Bucks can improve
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 15