The Milwaukee Bucks pulled off an impressive 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Monday night. This was Milwaukee’s 3rd game in 4 days, but they out-grinded a tough Grizzlies squad. Here are 5 takeaways from the Bucks 3rd straight victory.
- John Henson is playing like a man possessed. Who is this new John Henson?! He’s gotten a ton of criticism during his stint with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he has played his tail off this season. Henson chipped-in 17 points on 8-10 shooting to go along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocked shots. He finished the game an impressive plus-13. The area where “J Hook” has made the most impact is on the defensive end. His defensive rotations have been spectacular and he’s using his daddy long legs frame to alter shots from around the rim. He is playing at a very high level on both ends of the floor right now.
- Eric Bledsoe has completely changed the dynamic of this Bucks team. Ever since acquiring Eric Bledsoe, the Milwaukee Bucks look like they have a pep in their step on both sides of the ball. With Bledsoe, the Bucks now have the luxury of playing with more quickness on defense and run a much crisper offense. The defense has been swarming, and he has been the main culprit of the change. The Bucks are a far superior defensive team with E-Bled on the floor. Offensively, Milwaukee is playing at a much higher pace. They are causing a multitude of turnovers which translates to easy baskets in transition. With Bledsoe’s speed, his ability to knife through the defense and find open shooters is spectacular. The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t had a point guard of this caliber in a while.
- DeAndre Liggins has earned a spot in the Milwaukee Bucks rotation. When the Bucks signed him, many Bucks fans thought he was going to be a complete afterthought. However, DeAndre Liggins has made a tremendous impact on the defensive end of the floor. He brings toughness and tenacity whenever he gets his opportunity to play. Although his offensive game leaves a lot to be desired, the Bucks can mask his offensive deficiencies with all the weapons they have.
- Milwaukee still has a fouling issue. The Bucks played some tremendous individual defense on a few possessions, only to bail out the Grizzlies with silly fouls. The Bucks must shore up this issue as the season goes along, or they could be in for a bumpy ride. It’s important for Milwaukee to come out of the gates and be the aggressors so they can get the whistle in their favor.
- Khris Middleton is thriving with Bledsoe running the offense. Middleton finished with 17 points tonight, including hitting 4 of 5 triples. He also finished a team-high plus-27 (!!!!). Before the arrival of Eric Bledsoe, much of Middleton’s offense was generated by isolation plays or post-ups. However, now with a much quicker and savvier point guard at the helm, Khris can get back to being the catch & shoot sniper that he is. Kha$h is undoubtedly at his best when he is catching and firing without hesitation from the perimeter.