Recap: The Milwaukee Bucks came out of the gates soft, and dug themselves a 36-19 hole at the end of the first quarter. Granted, the Bucks made a few runs to get the deficit to single digits, but let’s be honest, this game was never a close one. The Toronto Raptors were playing without All Star shooting guard DeMar Derozan due to a sprained ankle, and it was like the Raptors didn’t miss a beat without him. This seemed like a prime opportunity for the Milwaukee Bucks to steal a road victory against a top Eastern Conference team, but they came out flat and got embarrassed to the score of 102-86.
Thon Maker (8pts, 2reb, 0ast, 0stl, 1blk, 1to): Bucks rookie Thon Maker subbed into the game in the second quarter and it was immediately paying dividends for the Bucks. He brought a ton of energy tonight despite only playing 7 minutes. Maker hasn’t gotten much run, but whenever he’s in the game he plays at 100%. He had a sweet sequence in the second quarter. He swatted Bebe Nogueira’s layup attempt, then patiently got into good position on the offensive end which resulted in a slam dunk for the rookie. We’ve definitely seen flashes from him this season, and with the wheels starting to come off for the Bucks, one could only hope he gets more time on the court. He seemed to be the only player interested in tonights game, and it was an encouraging outing for Thon Maker. Grade: 85%
Giannis Antetokounmpo (19pts, 6reb, 8ast, 1st, 3blk, 3to): It’s hard to be disappointed with the Greek Freak tonight, but don’t let his stat line fool you. He didn’t seem to make his usual impact on both ends of the floor tonight, and the Raptors did a great job at walling him out of the paint. Giannis had a few ugly misses on his jump shot tonight and most of them were on wide open looks. He finished the game with a disappointing minus-8, but a few of his teammates were way worse in that regard. As great as he his, he cannot do it all by himself. The Bucks need someone to step up, or else this free fall won’t be stopped anytime soon. Grade: 65%
Jabari Parker (21pts, 13reb, 2ast, 0stl, 0blk, 3to) Ew. Jabari Parker continues to be a liability on the defensive end of the floor. His closeouts are atrocious, his defensive rotation is slow, and he gets blown by way too easy and far too frequently. The Milwaukee Bucks defensive scheme is quickly decimating before our eyes, and it seems like Jabari Parker has not made any strides at proving that his defense is getting better. As a matter of fact, it is getting worse. Sure, 21 points and 13 rebounds is great, but defense is where games are won and he gives up far too many points and open looks to the opposition. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an excellent scorer and athlete, but this defensive scheme the Bucks deploy simply does not fit with this roster. Grade: 60%
Jason Kidd: It is obvious this Milwaukee Bucks defensive scheme is useless, and a change needs to be made. Someone needs to be held accountable, and with the Bucks in a complete tailspin, all eyes are on you, coach. Grade: 50%
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics tomorrow in their first meeting against one another. Hopefully tomorrow brings better results for the Bucks.