5 Takeways: The Bucks and the never-ending cycle of mediocrity

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The Milwaukee Bucks got smoked by the Toronto Raptors, 129-110 in an utterly disappointing home shellacking.

  1. Khris Middleton is frequently MIA during big games. We’ve said this many times before, but his showing tonight against the Raptors was unacceptable. He finished with 11 points on 4-11 shooting and was a miserable minus-29 on the night. He looked a step slow tonight and was timid by what the Raptors were doing on defense. He had 7 assists which are nice, but the Bucks need him to elevate his game against the better teams in the East. Giannis can’t do it all, and when Khris plays like this, the Bucks are going to lose 99% of the time. At least he didn’t get cooked for 52 points again, yikes.
  2. John Henson is consistently inconsistent. Just when you think he’s about to turn a corner and elevate his game, he reverts to the old John Henson. He got absolutely eaten alive by Toronto’s bigs and was simply overmatched on both ends of the floor. John has remarkably bad hands and can’t control the ball when he’s in the paint. It’s no secret that the Bucks are a horrible rebounding team, but J-Hook needs to be better every game. His stretch of 2 “good” games followed by 5 bad ones is a recipe for disaster for the Bucks, and they got schooled inside tonight. Henson finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in this ugly performance.
  3. Tony Snell has been a complete non-factor for the Milwaukee Bucks in recent weeks. Aside from a wonderful performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, he’s been remarkably bad. He no longer looks like the reliable long-range sniper he was in the early going, which is not doing the Bucks any favors. He finished with 4 points (all off free throws) and was a paltry minus-9 tonight. The Bucks desperately need players to spread the floor, and with Snell regressing, things might get worse than they already are.
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo needs help. We can’t ask for more of the Greek Freak, and it is up to his teammates to step their game up. He finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and he was the only member of the Bucks squad capable of doing something. He did miss a few bunnies and free throws, but it’s hard to complain when he was the only Milwaukee Buck doing damage. The Raptors are a tough matchup for Giannis with their interior defense, but even still, he was getting buckets. He went to the foul stripe 9 times, which is certainly a positive in a game where there weren’t many positives.
  5. The Milwaukee Bucks lack of adjustments after halftime was infuriating. The Bucks seemed to be in a good spot, only down 2 at halftime… but Toronto outscored Milwaukee 43-19 in the third period. Whatever momentum the Bucks had gathered was quickly lost, there was no ball movement and the shot selection was egregious. The Bucks got outrebounded 18-2 in the third, which is a perfect statistic to summarize the game. The Bucks got bullied, and the Raptors made them look like little boys. The NBA is a game of adjustments, and Milwaukee’s lack of adjustments after halftime really spoiled the game. They looked unprepared as to what Toronto was going to do, leading to this embarrassing defeat. Do better.

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