Recap: Coming off an impressive win against the Houston Rockets, it seemed like the Bucks would get back on track with an “easy” game against the Joel Embiid-less 76ers. It was quite the opposite, the Milwaukee Bucks failed once again at getting defensive stops, and could not execute in crunch-time. Poor play from everyone on the night resulted in a disappointing 114-109 loss at home.
Greg Monroe (28pts, 9reb, 2ast, 1stl, 0blk, 4to): With the Bucks trailing by double digits most of the first half, Greg Monroe was easily the Bucks most effective player. His hot offensive game clawed the Bucks back in it, especially in the fourth quarter when they had multiple chances to get the lead back. With John Henson pretty much irrelevant, and Miles Plumlee’s “decent” play, Greg Monroe has been the most consistent big man on the Bucks roster. It would only make sense to start him and see where it goes. Miles Plumlee was limited due to foul trouble, hence the uptick in minutes for Moose (30). If Greg Monroe scored 28 points, and you still lose, it is a major problem. The Bucks have been horrendous on defense, and it starts at the top of the roster. Hard to blame any of this on Monroe, he came to play last night. Grade: 85%
Giannis Antetokounmpo (17pts, 12reb, 5ast, 4stl, 0blk, 2to): This was a very off performance from the Greek Freak, especially with what he’s been showing us lately. Give credit to Philadelphia, though, their schemes on defense have really made it difficult on Giannis the last 2 times they’ve played. Although this is considered a “down” showing from him, he still put up great numbers. This really speaks to what kind of caliber playr he is, and what we’ve come to expect from Antetokounmpo. His jump shot was well off, he was 0-7 from three which dropped his 3 point percentage all the way down to a gross 25%. The Greek Freak shot 7-19 from the floor, which is very uncharacteristic of him. The 4th quarter shaped up to be where he would take us home with the W, but he failed to get it done. His stat line was great, but he was largely ineffective on offense which caused major issues for the Bucks. On top of that, he was an ugly minus-15. Ugh. Grade: 70%
Jabari Parker (20pts, 4reb, 2ast, 0stl, 3blk, 3to): This was a pretty underwhelming 20 point performance from Jabari Parker. Aside from 20 points and 3 blocks, he merely contributed elsewhere. In a game against a hot 76ers team, I would’ve expected the ball to be in his hands more often, especially after his huge performance against Houston. It seems like the Bucks always find new ways to lose games, and it is growing to be super frustrating to watch. Defense continues to be a problem, as Philadelphia was getting whatever they wanted on the offensive end of the floor. Philly shot 53% from the field, and they made 12 three pointers, which is what really killed Milwaukee in their previous loss the the same 76ers. Allowing Gerald Henderson, Ersan Illyasova and Dario Saric dictate the outcome of the game is super embarrassing. Did I mention that Joel Embiid didn’t play too? Grade: 75%
Next up: It doesn’t get easier for the Bucks, as they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Friday night.