Every Monday we will look at which Milwaukee Buck stood out from a game changing performance, or provided consistent production over a one week span. We will do the same for one other player within the central division (Bulls, Pacers, Pistons, Cavaliers).
The Bucks finally snapped their five game losing streak this past Monday with a home victory over the Houston Rockets. They scored a season-high 127 points, and appeared destined to get back on track.
That was not the case unfortunately. The Bucks have dropped three straight to the 76ers, Raptors and Celtics in respective order. Milwaukee has now lost eight of their last nine and fans continue to maintain high frustration levels.
Despite the struggles, there was one player who has given the Bucks’ bench a notable boost over the past week.
King of the Court- Greg Monroe
The Moose has settled into his bench role with the Bucks quite nicely. He provides much needed scoring and has even emerged as a defensive presence. Over four games played this past week, Monroe has a pair of double-doubles. This goes along with solid averages of 16.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1 block per game over that span. Excluding the game against Toronto in which he only played 17 minutes in, Moose’s numbers would be even higher for the week.
The Bucks rely on Moose to provide consistent scoring off the bench. This wasn’t what they signed him for originally, but he has adapted to his new role very smoothly. Reports since last season indicated that Milwaukee wanted to move the big man, but doing so would add a void that the Bucks were known for back in the 2014-15 season; no inside scoring.
King of the Court- Jeff Teague, Indiana Pacers
Last off-season, Larry Bird decided that it was time for the Indiana Pacers to move on from point-guard George Hill, who had been with the Pacers since 2011. In the three-team deal with Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz, the Pacers shipped Hill to Utah, and received Jeff Teague from Atlanta.
This move has taken a lot of offensive pressure off of four-time all star Paul George. Teague and George have played well alongside each other, and Teague has been a key part to the Pacers’ three straight wins over the Timberwolves, Kings, and Rockets. Teague posted an average of 18.0 points, 12.0 assists, and 6.3 rebounds in these three games. Without these numbers, it is very likely that the Pacers don’t come out victorious in any of those games.
The Pacers (25-22) currently hold the sixth seed in the Eastern conference, while the Bucks (21-26) are on the outside looking in but are just 1.5 games behind Charlotte for the eighth seed.