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Beer, bratwurst and winning basketball

Originally Published: April 21, 2004
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

So does finishing the season with a first-round loss in the playoffs make the season a failure?

That's what observers will be wondering about the Milwaukee Bucks.

No, you haven't missed anything. They haven't lost the series to the Pistons -- they even won a game on the road Wednesday night. But Detroit is just too good and too determined. And too healthy. It's no shame to be beaten by the conference's best team. Just bad timing.

The Bucks aren't good enough and not nearly healthy ...

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