4/25/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden (ankle) will not play on Wednesday, leaving the Bucks with a starting frontcourt of Ekpe Udoh and Jon Leuer.
The Bucks' season is two games away from ending and it appears that their veterans are in full shut-down mode. It would be very surprising to see Gooden in uniform on Thursday.
4/24/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden played just 13 minutes in the Bucks' elimination game against the Raptors, scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds and that's it.
Scott Skiles did a few weird things tonight, including putting little-used Jon Leuer into the rotation early in the game. In Gooden's case, Skiles simply had a quick hook tonight. As usual in Milwaukee, we don't want to discount the possibility that Gooden continues to play as Skiles demands a sprint to the finish, but the writing is on the wall. Ekpe Udoh is ready for heavy minutes and Gooden is beat up. The end could be here.
4/19/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden scored 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting (no threes) with seven rebounds, two assists, and one block in 26 minutes of action on Thursday.
Gooden, who has dealt with various ailments recently, can't be in great shape getting such limited run when the Bucks' backs are against the wall in the playoff chase. The team will basically have to win out and get help to have any chance of catching the No. 7 Sixers, and if/when they're eliminated Gooden will be a shutdown candidate. Ekpe Udoh had seven points, six boards, and two blocks in 18 minutes off the bench.
4/18/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden had 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals on Wednesday, but the Bucks lost to the Wizards.
This was Gooden's first double-double since March 23rd, and we're still not sure where it came from. Gooden had just seven points and eight boards in his previous game, but did score 26 in the game prior. He's been inconsistent and unreliable, but might be ready to leave it all on the floor as the Bucks make their final push for the playoffs. But after tonight's loss, they're 2.5 games behind the Sixers and time is running out.
4/15/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden had seven points, eight rebounds and a steal in Saturday's loss.
He's starting at center, but hasn't been that great for the Bucks since Ekpe Udoh arrived on the scene, and will be a dicey play with just three games next week. Udoh had four points in 14 minutes, and Larry Sanders had eight points, six boards, a steal and three blocks in 25 minutes, and the three are likely to share minutes the rest of the way, meaning all of them are very shaky fantasy plays going forward.
4/12/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden started at center against the Knicks on Wednesday, but lasted just five minutes and failed to score.
There were no reports of an injury, but it's no secret his back has been bothering him. He tends to struggle against dominant true centers like Tyson Chandler, so it's possible Scott Skiles just decided to go another direction after watching Gooden for five minutes. He'll bounce back from this one and has a much better match up against Greg Monroe on Friday, but then has to face Roy Hibbert on Saturday. And only Scott Skiles knows how many minutes Gooden will play in either of those games.
4/10/2012 Milwaukee Bucks
Drew Gooden (back) played in Monday's uncompetitive loss to the Thunder, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in just 18 minutes.
Gooden looked good but his teammates really struggled here, and we'll be watching the postgame and morning reports (if they surface) to see how he did overnight. Owners can be cautiously optimistic following tonight's action that he's ready to produce.