It’s crunch time for the Milwaukee Bucks.
While the Bucks still have 29 regular-season games remaining, they should have a pretty good idea whether they’ll be in the playoffs by the end of this week.
The Bucks, who are four games out of the eight and final Eastern Conference playoff berth, have three games this week against teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today.
The Bucks host Philadelphia Monday night at the Bradley Center and then take on Chicago Wednesday night and New York Friday night, also at the BC.
If the Bucks fail to win at least two of those games, their playoffs hopes, already precarious, would seemingly be dashed.
* Bucks coach Scott Skiles has put his home in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee up for sale. Skiles bought the home from former Marquette University and current Indiana University coach Tom Crean.
The asking price for Skiles’ 4,750-square foot brick and stone Tudor estate is $1.475 million.
Why Skiles has put his home up for sale isn’t known. Skiles' job doesn't appear to be in immediate jeopardy and he still has one more year for nearly $5 million remaining on his contact with the Bucks.
* The Bucks’ interest in signing unrestricted free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko has waned. The Bucks, who are in the market for a backup center, have had several discussions with Fesenko’s agent, Stu Lash.
* Shooting guards are oft-times a team’s best perimeter shooters.
That’s not the case with Shaun Livingston.
While Livingston has the best shooting percentage among Bucks’ regular starters — he’s connected on 48 percent from the field — he has been reluctant to shoot the 3-ball. Livingston not only hasn’t taken a shot from beyond the arc in the last seven games, he has taken only three — repeat, three — 3-pointers all season.