The Milwaukee Bucks have been officially eliminated from the NBA playoff picture, despite knocking off the Toronto Raptors 92-86 last night at the Bradley Center.
Philadelphia entered the night with a magic number of 1 to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers didn’t waste any time, clinching the 8-seed in the East by beating New Jersey 105-87.
Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
In the end, Bucks coach Scott Skiles said they just couldn’t beat the top teams in the conference and that hurt them.
The Bucks were 3-17 against the top six teams in the Eastern Conference. They went 2-5 against the top six teams in the West. The Bucks finished 9-29 against teams with above .500 records and 22-4 against teams below the .500 mark.
With a couple of weeks to go, the Bucks were in good position and had plenty of chances. Scott Skiles said they had their chances.
The Bucks have two games left in the regular season. They’ll host Philadelphia on Wednesday night and close out Thursday at Boston.