Uncertain offseason for Bucks after Heat sweep

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm •  Published: April 28, 2013
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Jennings didn't play in the fourth quarter, and there's no telling if he'll ever play for the Milwaukee Bucks again.

Jennings and the rest of the Bucks headed into an offseason of uncertainty Sunday night after being swept out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. The 88-77 loss was the fourth straight by double digits for Milwaukee, and the Bucks couldn't even beat the Heat with Dwyane Wade on the bench, an ice bag on his aching right knee.

"This has been a crazy year. It's been one of the craziest years of my life, actually," said Jennings, a restricted free agent. "With the coaching changes and everything, it's just a total rollercoaster."

It isn't likely to stop for the next several months, either.

Jennings is expected to test free agency, though the Bucks can match any offer for him. Monta Ellis, who led Milwaukee with 21 points on Sunday, has an $11 million player option.

Oh, the Bucks need to make a decision on Jim Boylan, too. He's been Milwaukee's coach since the team parted ways with Scott Skiles in January.

"We have a lot of decisions to make," Boylan said. "But we just finished playing our last game of the season. To make those kind of statements is a little bit too quick."

Though the Bucks drew the defending NBA champions for their first playoff appearance in three years, they began the series brimming with confidence. Jennings even predicted that Milwaukee would win the series in six games.

Instead, the Bucks quickly saw how big the gap remains between them and the Heat.

"We've been playing close, playing hard," Ellis said. "They're just a better team."

Trailing by just three going into the fourth quarter of Game 3, they watched Miami pull away with a 12-0 run. They led by 10 after the first quarter in Game 3, only to have Miami take control of the game in the third quarter.

On Sunday, the Bucks got down by 11 early. But they steadily chipped away at the lead. When Mike Dunleavy drained a 3 and Ellis scored on a floater, it cut Miami's lead to 69-67 with 9:34 to play.

"We knew they were going to come out and play as hard as they could and with as much desperation as they could to try and continue series," LeBron James said.

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