The Milwaukee Bucks fell flat (again), this time to the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. The Bucks went on to lose by a score of 120-127. This was Milwaukee’s second straight loss.
1. The Bucks have absolutely no reliable option at the center position. Opposing center, DeAndre Jordan, had an outstanding audition for his future team. He torched the Bucks for 25 points and 22 rebounds on 9-13 shooting from the field. From the beginning, DJ was getting whatever he wanted in the paint and already had a huge double-double after the first quarter. No matter if it was John Henson, Tyler Zeller, or Thon Maker, nothing could have stopped DeAndre tonight. Tyler Zeller is the best Bucks center right now, and that is not a good thing. Night in, and night out, the Bucks are constantly getting worked on the glass. This is a recipe for a lot more disappointing losses, and unfortunately, the bleeding probably won’t stop for the rest of the year.
2. Once Giannis Antetokounmpo exited the game, the Bucks were done for. After stepping on Austin Rivers’s foot, Giannis was forced to the locker room with an ankle sprain and it was later announced that he’d be out for the remainder of the game. It is no surprise that the Bucks are going to struggle without him, and the fact that he’s already had multiple ankle scares is concerning. Needless to say, the Bucks aren’t going to win many games without their MVP candidate.
3. Jabari Parker was the lone bright spot in this game. Once Giannis went down, Jabari shouldered the load on offense. He finished with 20 points in a season-high 30 minutes of action. It was great to see JP be aggressive and get to the basket, resulting in a lot of easy buckets. It’s been a long road to recovery for the young man from Chicago, and today we saw glimpses of what could be. He still remains a work in progress defensively, but it’s hard not to be pleased with his performance tonight. Regardless if you want the Bucks to re-sign him or not, we should all be rooting for him.
4. Where on earth is Tony Snell? These last few months have been an absolute trainwreck for the swingman who signed a 4-year 44-million dollar extension this offseason. He got benched in favor of Jason Terry, which has got to be a new low for him. That’s no knock on the JET, but it speaks volumes as to how bad Snell has been recent. In 11 productive-less minutes, Snell finished with 2 points and was a minus-10. Ouch. He’s certainly not helping matters for the Bucks right now.
5. Austin Rivers scoring 22 points summarizes how this season has gone for the Bucks. The point guard feasted on Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton. Yes, you read that right. The Bucks love to let lesser-known players torch them, and tonight was no different. It was almost perfect that Rivers capped the game by hitting a tough corner three over Khris Middleton. Austin hit 5-9 threes, and a lot of that was a result of matador defense. For some reason, the Bucks thought it would be a wise idea to go under screens set for him. It wasn’t.