The Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Steph Curry-less Golden State Warriors 94-108, in a game that totally got away from the Bucks with a dismal 12-point final frame.
- Khris Middleton got the clamps all night from Warriors’ forward Draymond Green. Middleton’s struggles against good teams are well documented, and tonight was nothing different. In his worst performance of the season, Khris went 2-12 from the floor for 8 points in 37 ineffective minutes. I give Draymond a ton of credit for how he guarded Middleton tonight, he was very physical with him and successfully took Khris out of rhythm early. Obviously, when he plays this poorly the Bucks are surely going to lose and tonight was nothing different. I’m sure Draymond is going to be in Khris’ nightmares tonight.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 1v1 battle with Kevin Durant was a treat to watch. The Greek Freak came out uber-aggressive and finished with a team-high 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block. He and KD were going back an forth all night trading buckets, but Durant proved to be too much to handle, dropping 26 points. There is a ton of mutual respect between the Durantula and the Greek Freak, and luckily we are in store for many head-to-head battles between the two down the road.
- Jason Kidd’s fourth-quarter rotation ultimately doomed the Bucks. Kidd elected to trot out Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova for much of the fourth quarter when Milwaukee’s offense was quickly sinking into the abyss. Hint: it failed. This game was lost because Eric Bledsoe spent the majority of the 4th period on the bench. With the Bucks failing to get anything to go offensively without E-Bled, the Warriors were able to pull away from the feisty Bucks. The Bucks scored 12-points in arguably their worst quarter of the season, and much of that was because of who was in when the last period began. Do better, coach.
- Malcolm Brogdon did an excellent job defending sharpshooter Klay Thompson. Brogdon is very physical, and he made Klay work for everything. Thompson finished with 12-points on 4-11 shooting and a lot of that is because of how hard Malcolm Brogdon worked on the defensive end. With the Bucks struggling with consistency all season, Brogdon (aside from Giannis) has been their most consistent player to date on both ends of the floor. The President is a perfect model of consistency.
- The Bucks defended the three-point line very well tonight. Even without Steph Curry, the Warriors can still fill it up from downtown. Tonight, however, the Bucks did a great job of running them off the three-point line and forcing difficult looks. The Dubs shot a mediocre 5-15 from three, which certainly isn’t an easy task for any defense. Albeit a loss, it was still nice to see the Bucks defend the three-point line for once.