Recap: Coming off a dominant 27 point win at home against the Washington Wizards, the Bucks let a 10 point 4th quarter lead slip away (again). The Bucks went ice-cold in the final frame, only scoring 18 points en route to a disappointing 107-102 loss to the Wizards. The Milwaukee Bucks were victimized by Otto Porter’s 32 points, yes you read that correctly.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (22pts, 12reb, 7ast, 0stl, 1blk, 2to): Another beautiful all-around game from the Greek Freak, is this what we call a “vintage Giannis” night? He got whatever he wanted all game, connecting on 7-12 shots and 8-11 free throws. The efficiency night in, and night out from Giannis Antetokounmpo is quite remarkable. We are watching the birth of a basketball phenomenon, he is only going to get better. The Milwaukee Bucks are two completely different teams when he is on the floor, and when he is subbed out. Giannis makes it easy for his teammates because he demands so much defensive attention, which usually leads to an open Bucks player. It would have been nice to see Giannis demand the ball late in the fourth quarter, and not have Matthew Dellavedova play hero ball. The Bucks need to let their star dictate the outcome of the game, they did not, and it resulted in a loss. Grade: 86%
Jabari Parker (14pts, 6reb, 4ast, 0stl, 1blk, 4to): This was a very strange game for Bucks forward Jabari Parker. Multiple times he had smaller Wizard defenders on him, and he failed to capitalize on the mismatch. Some of it had to due with the lack of offense ran through Jabari Parker, but when he gets his touches, he must be aggressive. After the game, he admitted to the team being “afraid” and “not real positive” which ultimately lead to the 4th quarter collapse (h/t: Charles Gardner). With the game on the line, the ball needs to be in Jabari Parker or Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hands, simple as that. The Bucks go as these two young stars go. Give them the ball! Grade: 70%
Tony Snell (20pts, 4reb, 1ast, 2stl, 0blk, 2to): Tony Snell was blazing hot from beyond the arch, hitting 5-5 threes at halftime. He went ice-cold in the second half, however. Tony Snell is a great teammate, he plays hard, hustles for loose balls and is always up on the bench celebrating. When Tony Snell scores 20 points and hits 6 (!) threes, you would expect a Bucks victory, unfortunately that was not the case. The Bucks tried to force feed the ball to the hot hand, and it ended up backfiring. He got a great look at a three pointer to send the game into OT, but he missed. This was a great game from Tony Snell, who is really starting to shoot the ball well from deep after struggling for most of the season: Grade: 80%
Matthew Dellavedova (8pts, 3reb, 11ast, 2stl, 0blk, 1to): Ugh. Again, Matthew Dellavedova really couldn’t anything from the field in his 30 minutes as he went 1-8 from the floor. He did have 11 assists and only one turnover which is great, but his inefficiency to hot jump shots is killing the Bucks right now. Most of his looks from the floor were in rhythm and open, but he failed to capitalize (again). In crunch time, the Bucks inexplicably relied on Dellavedova hero ball to get something going. It was an epic failure, which resulted in a turnover, missed free throws, and missed jumpers. Just another frustrating game from Matthew Dellavedova, and it doesn’t seem like the slump will be over anytime soon. Grade: 60%
Coach Jason Kidd: Jason Kidd did a decent job most of the game managing rotations, and even having the bench unit build a 10 point 4th quarter lead. However, going away from Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetkounmpo with the game on the line is inexcusable. Grade: 70%
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Wednesday night. Will we see a Greg Monroe revenge game? Stay tuned.