Recap: Make no mistake, the Utah Jazz made the Bucks look soft in a 109-95 victory for the visitors. Utah’s Rudy Gobert (15pts, 16reb) and Gordon Hayward (29pts, 4ast) torched Milwaukee early and often. Again, the defense was porous for the Bucks which has been the story for the last month or so. Utah shot 50% from the field, with 8 three pointers and the Bucks “countered” with an ugly 43% from the floor and only 7 threes. Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up right where he left off before the break, but again, he got little help from his teammates. The loss ends Milwaukee’s 3 game win streak.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (33pts, 12reb, 3ast, 5stl, 1blk, 6to): Giannis was in Greek Freak mode all night, and he went to work early. He found success maneuvering around Utah’s defense for “easy” points in the paint. He used a 17 point third quarter (with 2 threes) to try and claw the Bucks back from a 15 point deficit, but to no avail. As great as Giannis is, he cannot do it all and he needs his teammates to step up. The starting back court had a combined 3 points the entire game. Yes, the entire game. Ugh. What more can we say about Giannis? Grade: 100%
Michael Beasley (22pts, 6reb, 0ast, 0stl, 0blk, 1to): Make no mistake, Michael Beasley has stepped up in the absence of Jabari Parker. He’s given the Bucks a perimeter scoring threat, which gives Giannis more room to operate on the offensive end. Defensively, well, he wasn’t great. Maybe the Bucks weren’t made to play defense this season. Michael Beasley will most likely be the x-factor for the remainder of the season, did not think I would be saying that. Grade: 90%
Tony Snell (0pts, 0reb, 0ast, 0stl, 0blk, 0to): Tony Snell has been shooting the ball extremely well from three since January 1st, but tonight he was MIA. He did absolutely nothing to help the Bucks, and he definitely hurt them tonight. A very disappointing effort from Tony Snell tonight, but at least we don’t have Michael Carter-Williams anymore. Grade: 0%
Matthew Dellavedova (3pts, 1reb, 6ast, 0stl, 0blk, 3to): Delly’s jump shot is broke, did someone steal it from him? His inability to score the basketball has really capped the potential of this Milwaukee Bucks team. With such little time left in the season, is there really any hope that he’s going to get any better? Grade: 20%
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon.