Live from Hawks-Bucks Game 3: The weather outside is …

Even the Milwaukee Bucks dance team has seen better days. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Even this Milwaukee dance team, shown warming up, has seen sunnier days. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Milwaukee — I’m sitting in the Bradley Center. There are two things good I can say about the Bradley Center: First, it has a nice name; second, it has a roof. Other than that …

It’s raining in Atlanta. I know. It was pouring when Airtran Flight 420 departed — 75 minutes late — from Hartsfield-Jackson this afternoon. From the forecasts, I wasn’t sure we’d depart at all. So I guess, in that sense, I’m glad I’m here.

Then again, “here” is Milwaukee. Where it’s 45 degrees — 45 degrees! — and windy and foggy and raining. It might be possible to find a bleaker setting in April in the Northern Hemisphere. Then again, it might not.

I mentioned the weather to Dominique Wilkins. “What do you expect?” he said. “It’s Milwaukee. It’s just … dreary.”

Students of history will note that I, M. Bradley, was in this city last month to cover Georgia Tech in the NCAA tournament. And it snowed then. But somehow you expect snow in a Midwestern city in March. It’s now spring. And it’s a balmy 48 degrees. Give me a break.

About the series: It has been a bore. The Hawks won the first two games easily, and at issue tonight is whether the Bucks can win the game that keeps them from getting swept. They’re passing out red towels at the Bradley Center that read, “Fear the Deer,” but I don’t believe the Hawks arrived shaking in their sneakers. (Shivering from the cold, perhaps. But not from terror.)

The Hawks’ dressing room is scheduled to open in five minutes, so I’ll duck down there and see if anyone appears to be suffering from a phobia of antlered beasts. I’ll check back momentarily. And send some hot chocolate, would you?

Update from the Hawks’ locker room: Not much to report. (At playoff time, no news is always good news.) Mike Woodson said: “I like the way we handled our business at home. Now we’ll see what we can do here.”

Woodson also had this observation: “It was 39 degrees when we got on our bus this morning [for shootaround].” Then he laughed. Or maybe he just shivered.

358 comments Add your comment

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

SWAT Native

April 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

Last time I do this…First!

SWAT Native

April 24th, 2010
5:39 pm

Mark, what do you think about the Hawks wearing their red uniforms tonight? Seems like they almost always lose in them.

SWAT Native

April 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

Mark, what do you think about the Hawks wearing their red uniforms tonight? They look cool, but they almost always lose in them.

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

45 degrees…Mark, better lay of the cold beer and get some of that hot choc

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
5:45 pm

Meanwhile...but Mark

April 24th, 2010
5:46 pm

But Mark, isn’t what Milwaukee lacks in weather more than made up for by the vibrant and exciting nightlife?

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
5:47 pm

Kudos, NoShamSam.

I’m agnostic about the red uniforms. They look OK to me. Not great, but OK.

Meanwhile...it's a matter of faith.

April 24th, 2010
5:55 pm

If the players wore rosaries with their red uniforms, would you be less agnostic?

Or would you be pragmatic and recommend they save them for the Orlando series?

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
5:58 pm

I became agnostic on uniforms when Georgia broke out the black helmets for Florida last season.

SWAT Native

April 24th, 2010
5:59 pm

What’s funny is that the Bucks are calling for a “red out” tonight, and the Hawks will be wearing their red uniforms. Almost like they’re the home team.

Meanwhile...it's a matter of faith.

April 24th, 2010
6:01 pm

Mark do you ever wonder if anybody, ironically enough, became agnostic on uniforms from looking at the old San Diego Padres uniforms?

Hey, the Hawks are 2-0 in a series that’s all but a foregone conclusion. Got to talk about something, right?

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:06 pm

I’m staying in the same hotel that left me cold (pun intended) during the NCAA tournament. You might recall that this particular establishment doesn’t offer room service for lunch. Nor, I learned today, is its restaurant downstairs open for late lunches. (No, this is not Motel 6.)

But I mention the hotel because it’s a block from the arena, and you know what jerseys I saw people wearing in the lobby? Cubs shirts. The Cubbies are in town to play the Brewers.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:07 pm

Meanwhile, you’ve stumbled on the secret of blogging. You’ve got to find something to gripe about, and I can’t gripe about the Hawks.

The Braves hitting … now, that’s a different matter.

ATLBadger

April 24th, 2010
6:11 pm

OMG it can get chilly in Milwaukee in April?! Who knew!

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
6:11 pm

Just about anywhere east of Iceland, I’d think, would be bleaker.

Which Bradley is the Center named after? Milton? Bill? Mark?

Biff Pocoroba

April 24th, 2010
6:13 pm

Is Chipper at the game? It looks like he is taking another day off for his birthday?

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
6:14 pm

My favorite odd experience hotel was the Holiday Inn in Key Largo a few years ago. The African Queen was suspended on a davit on the canal adjacent to the hotel.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:15 pm

The Bradley Center is named after Harry Lynde Bradley. Or, as we call him, Crazy Uncle Harry.

Kidding. Apparently Harry Bradley was a philanthropist of the first rank. We Bradleys of Kentucky would just as soon fill you full of buckshot as loan you a dime.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:16 pm

I saw where Chipper left today’s tilt after two at-bats. Not good.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:21 pm

One nice thing to say about Milwaukee: I’m seated on the floor for tonight’s titanic tilt. I haven’t been seated courtside at Philips Arena since 2003, I believe it was.

Shane

April 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

Be curious to see how much the crowd gets on Josh Smith.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:31 pm

A Milwaukee writer was asking Josh Smith what he planned to do tomorrow in Milwaukee. Maybe go to the mall, Josh said.

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
6:33 pm

Here’s hoping this game will be as exciting as the Celtics-Heat game was.

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
6:35 pm

Is Milwaukee that bad???

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:38 pm

There’s just not a lot in Milwaukee, NoShamSam. The people seem nice enough, though.

5IML

April 24th, 2010
6:41 pm

As a Hawks fan, it feels really good to confidently look down on another team. I wasn’t so sure in last year’s Miami series, and I’m too young (or too old) to remember that feeling from the Dominique days.

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
6:43 pm

In the Dominique days, 5iml, L. Bird & co was just too much for us

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

Even in the Dominique days, 5IML, the Hawks never swept anybody in Round 1. (And never got past Round 2.) Indeed, the last gasp of that team was a loss in a best-of-5 series to an undermanned Milwaukee bunch in 1989. They lost Game 5 at home — first rounds were best-of-five back then — after the Bucks had blown a lead and seemingly the series in Game 4 here. (Jack Sikma missed a free throw that would have won in regulation.)

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
6:45 pm

And Dominique scored a lot of points back then…but he really needed a lot of shots to get those points…not the most accurate shooter there ever was

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:45 pm

But let’s be realistic, too: This is much different test if Andrew Bogut is playing for Milwaukee.

Ree Roe

April 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

We’re wearing red & Milwaukee is having a red-out? LOL @ the irony. I’m hoping the Hawks saw how fired up OKC, CHA, CHI & MIA came out & play at a high level

-REEfried Roe!!!

5IML

April 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

Yeah, the Bucks are a shell of themselves without Bogut. And I’m okay with that.

NoShamSam

April 24th, 2010
6:47 pm

Even with Bogut, the Hawks win in 6 or 7 games.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:49 pm

I’d agree. Hawks in six if Bogut plays.

Iceman

April 24th, 2010
6:51 pm

The delay was ridiculous. Who’s the bonehead that set up this playoff schedule? Hawks should be getting ready for game 4 by now.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
6:56 pm

TV sets the schedule, Iceman. And it is ridiculous: The Hawks (and the Bucks) have played once since last Saturday.

Ree Roe

April 24th, 2010
6:58 pm

Mark,

Non Hawks question before the game starts: What are your initial thoughts on the Falcons draft?

-REEligiously Roe!!!

Bat Masterson

April 24th, 2010
6:59 pm

Good thing it’s not going to 7 games, hell it would be summer up there by then.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
7:00 pm

I liked the Weatherspoon pick, Ree Roe. And I liked the offensive lineman from Alabama in Round 3.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
7:01 pm

Does Milwaukee even have a summer, Bat?

Ree Roe

April 24th, 2010
7:05 pm

@ Mark,

I’m assuming the DT from UK or the OL from UNLV didn’t floor you, huh?

-REEady to Roe!!!

Bat Masterson

April 24th, 2010
7:05 pm

Beats me Mark, closest I have ever come was having an Old Milwaukee beer, 25 or so years ago.

jim

April 24th, 2010
7:05 pm

Summer in Milwaukee is the same as summer in Detroit – July 1 – July 5. Thats it. Lived up there and NEVER got warm.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
7:06 pm

Josh Smith gets booed when he’s introduced. But it’s not deafening.

The Bradley Center isn’t full. There’s a nice crowd on hand, but it doesn’t look like it’s sold out.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
7:07 pm

No, that wasn’t my meaning, Ree Roe. I particularly liked those other two picks.

RB

April 24th, 2010
7:07 pm

Meanwhile, the braves better start looking for a lead off man AND a three bag’er. Trade rumors will start early in the ATL this year! Move Chipper to 1B and trade for a proven payer at 3B. Braves do not have many 3B prospects on “the farm”.

justin

April 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Go Brewers.. I was at game 2 of cubs series in atlanta and saw more than a few cubs fans crying. Was a nice sight to see. Oh yeah, hawks in 6.

Mark Bradley

April 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Someone very close to the Braves suggested the Chipper-to-first move to me Thursday night, RB.

Shane

April 24th, 2010
7:10 pm

And Dominique scored a lot of points back then…but he really needed a lot of shots to get those points…not the most accurate shooter there ever was

He shot 46 percent for his career. Thats pretty good