10/22/18: vs New York Knicks (Win, 124-113)
This was a game of runs for the Bucks and Knicks. The Bucks would get up big then the Knicks would catch us. This went on for most of the game. Khris Middleton was impressive from deep going 7-8. Giannis had a big scoring night putting up 31 points. His efficiency wasn’t great however going 13-29 from the field. The Bucks did a good job for the most part defensively, however they did give up some big 3’s that allowed New York to claw back.
10/24/18: vs Philadelphia 76ers (Win, 123-108)
In a game the Bucks should win they did. This was a tough game for Philadelphia based on the fact they had just played an overtime game on the road the night before. The Bucks were down 12 going into the 2nd quarter. They absolutely snapped in the 2nd putting up 49 points. Brook Lopez absolutely caught fire in that quarter knocking down 5 3’s. The Bucks did a good job limiting the Sixers stars to very inefficient nights. The Bucks survived slight scares from the Sixers late in the game but were able to keep them at an arms-length and win 108-123.
10/26/18: at Minnesota Timberwolves (Win, 125-95)
Utter domination. The Bucks thwarted everything the Timberwolves tried to do. Holding them scoreless for the first 4 and a half minutes of the game. The Bucks did what they’ve done so far and that’s shoot and knock down a bunch of 3’s. 19 to be exact, which tied the franchise record. The Bucks also did a great job defensively on Jimmy Butler (2-11) and Jeff Teague (2-10). We also got extended looks at Pat Connaughton, Thon Maker, and Sterling Brown.
10/27/18: vs Orlando Magic (Win, 113-91)
Back-to-back games the Bucks absolutely dominate their opponents. The Bucks only had a 5-point lead at the end of the first quarter, however it kept growing from there. The Bucks shot 50% from the field while they held Orlando to 33%. They also dominated on the boards out rebounding the Magic by 15 boards. Giannis was only needed for 19 minutes. He spent most of the 3rd quarter in the locker room. The only rough spot for Milwaukee was their 21 turnovers showing again this a problem they need to solve.
Something to Iron Out: Turnovers
The Bucks have been sloppy. They gave up too many possessions this week. They had a -10-turnover margin in the last 2 games of the week. Giannis has been uncharacteristically sloppy this year averaging about 5 per game. If the Bucks want to continue in these winning ways they’ll need to take better care of the rock.
MVP of the week: Brook Lopez
Last year this week in the schedule probably turns out differently. Big-bodied center one after another. Enes Kanter followed by Joel Embiid, Karl Anthony Towns, and Nikola Vucevic. Old Bucks teams get bullied, but not this team, because of Brook Lopez. He held the first 3 guys to very inefficient nights. He may not have the rebounding numbers, but his boxing out is making a huge difference. On the other end of the floor he’s done a great job of stretching the floor and finishing inside. Brook’s personal numbers aren’t insane, but he’s been a big-time difference maker.
X-Factor going forward: Keep up the rebounding
The Bucks went from one of the worst rebounding teams in the league to one of the best. The acquisitions of Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez have been a huge help. Lopez may be only averaging 2.5 rpg, but that doesn’t tell the story. He’s done an excellent job boxing out and allowing guys like Giannis grab easy rebounds. Ers has also been good on the boards. Specifically grabbing rebounds on the offensive end getting second chance points. If this team can keep winning the rebounding margin night in and night out they’ll keep winning games.
Something we noticed: Pat Connaughton
Pat Connaughton finally checked into a game Friday in the 2nd quarter. He played well, and this bought him more playing time on Saturday. He was active defensively. He was also active on the glass both nights. He grabbed 7 rebounds Friday and 6 Saturday. This will be something to monitor going for to see if he keeps getting early 2nd quarter run.