The Milwaukee Bucks were without their stud Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it resulted in a disappointing 111-106 loss to the awful Charlotte Hornets.
- The Milwaukee Bucks are not going to win many games without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tonight, the offense was very stagnant and there was a ton of individual over-dribbling. Giannis commands a ton of attention on the offensive end, so Charlotte was prepared to hone in on Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton. Middleton led the way for Milwaukee with 31 points on 24 shots and Eric Bledsoe finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Bucks were horrendous down the stretch, and it resulted in a loss. There was far too much Khris Middleton isolations and a lot of Bledsoe over-dribbling and committing bad turnovers.
- The newest Milwaukee Buck, Sean Kilpatrick has given the Bucks a great spark off the bench. Kilpatrick finished tonight with 11 points in 15 minutes, and he was an effective 5-9 from the floor. He can get buckets and is very aggressive on the offensive end. This is what Milwaukee sorely needs, a scorer off the bench. Milwaukee’s bench struggles are well documented, and Kilpatrick provides an instant spark. Look for his minutes to go up from here on out.
- The Bucks inability to hold a big lead is worrisome. Milwaukee built an 18-point lead over the Hornets in the third quarter and quickly gave it away. Before we knew it, Charlotte was only down 5 going into the 4th. The Bucks defense started to give up a lot of open corner threes and committing silly fouls. Milwaukee’s overaggressive style of defense has a tendency to implode at any time, and it did just that tonight. Good teams are supposed to put teams away, but the Bucks still haven’t developed the killer instinct just yet.
- DeAndre Liggins is doing the Bucks more harm than good. Liggins has really scuffled on both sides of the ball the last month and is really damaging the Bucks on the court. He plays with a ton of energy, which isn’t a bad thing, but it has led him to commit bad turnovers and bailout fouls. There were countless possessions tonight where Liggins bailed out who he was guarding with a horrible foul in the act of shooting. His deficiencies on the offensive end are a problem, he really cannot shoot -or do anything-. It will be interesting to see how Jason Kidd handles his minutes with Sean Kilpatrick playing well.
- I am having doubts about Bucks rookie DJ Wilson. In 6 minutes tonight, he finished with 1 point and 1 assist. He looked lost out there, and Hornets big man Frank Kaminsky made him look silly on multiple possessions. Wilson hasn’t played much this season, but when he has, he’s looked pretty bad. I certainly believe there’s a reason as to why he’s played so sparsely this season.