5 Takeaways: Bucks Drop Key Game to Clippers

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  1. Prunty’s lineup experimentation has been largely a failure. Last night toward the end of the 1st quarter Joe Prunty experimented with the lineup consisting of Jennings, Snell, Shabazz, Parker, Zeller which gave up 7 points during the 4 short possessions on the floor. It is hard to put the full blame on Prunty as the team has dealt with a slew of injuries to the bench over the past month, but with the team struggling on defense as of late, playing three negative defenders in Jennings, Shabazz and Parker will not help their efforts.
    2. Sterling Brown falling out of the rotation. After averaging 19 minutes per game in January and February, Brown has topped 15 minutes in 7 straight games and is down to 12 minutes per game in March. For a team that has only held their opponent to under 100 points once in the past month, it is a little concerning that Sterling has lost minutes to Jason Terry and Shabazz Mohamed. With the return of Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova impending it will be interesting to see what Brown’s role with the team will be.
    3. Tony Snell vs. Jason Terry. Jason Terry got the start last night in place of Tony Snell, only his fourth start of the season. The starters with Terry have had an Offensive Rating of 113 and a Defensive Rating of 102 for a net rating of 11 in 70 minutes. The starters with Snell have an Offensive Rating 116 and a Defensive Rating of 106 for a net rating of 10 in 530 minutes. While their numbers look similar, since January 1st Tony Snell only has a net rating of 3, which is indicative of his struggles of late.
    4. What to make of Jabari? Parker had undoubtedly his worst offensive game of the year going 1/12 from the field and 0/4 from three. His defense was better than it usually is but there were still several defensive breakdowns that led to opponent baskets. His play this season has not answered any questions for his impending free agency this summer. He is still showing the flashes on offense that make him such a enticing prospect but the fact remains that he has proven he is a liability on defense and his fit with Giannis raises questions. This upcoming free agency is likely the biggest offseason in franchise history and will decide the core players to surround the best talent Milwaukee has ever had.
    5. 1st quarter killers. The Bucks are 9th worst in 1st quarter scoring margin this year and have especially struggled opening as of late. Against the Clippers, last night, the Bucks dug themselves into a 11 point hole early which the Clippers held onto late into the 3rd quarter. As painful as it is to say, the Bucks need more energy and effort in the starting quarter.

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