The Milwaukee Bucks went to the Super Bowl City on Thursday night only to lay a dud against the T-Wolves in a 108-89 loss at the Target Center. This is the Bucks first lost in the last five games. The Bucks return to Milwaukee on Friday to play Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks.
- Guards find the Injury Bug. The Injury Bug made its mark on the Bucks last night twice as Malcolm Brogdon came down awkwardly in the first half resulting in what reports call a strained left calf. Tests will determine otherwise what the magnitude of the injury is, but if Brogdon is down for any length of time it could hinder the Bucks as they try to go for a Top 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks guards last night in Minnesota didn’t fare well with starting PG Eric Bledsoe out with an ankle injury.
- Cutting your losses. Interim Coach Joe Prunty took a page out of the ex-Coach Jason Kidd last night playing Giannis Antetokounmpo 36 minutes in a 19-point loss. It also appeared that Giannis rolled his ankle in the contest last night. There is no reason for Giannis to be out there with the margin at where it was last night. If the Bucks have any chance of making some noise this season, Giannis needs to be in full health and capacity and although ‘interim’ Pruny needs to make some permanent head coaching decisions.
- KAT runs the Show. There is no question anymore that the Bucks need some help inside as Karl Anthony-Towns joins the list of marquee Centers to have a huge game against the Bucks with an 24-11-3 performance. John Henson and Thon Maker lack the positioning and strength to slow down a center of KAT’s caliber and it wont get any easier as the season goes on. Look for the Bucks to make a move for this position at the deadline of some capacity to sure up their interior as most middle of the pack Eastern Conference teams have a decent center of power forward that will give the Bucks headaches in matchups to come.
- Jabari Parker’s Return. It’s frustrating to see Malcolm Brogdon & Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injuries right before Jabari Parker’s return from his second ACL tear. The lineup has been in limited run in their career together and haven’t been all completely healthy mostly because of Jabari’s injuries. The thought process should be to get everyone healthy so after the All-Star Break we can have fresh legs and some chemistry to take into the stretch run of the season. I am extremely excited to see what Jabari can show albeit in a projected 15 minute stint on Friday. He should receive a more than warm welcome to the home fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
- Filling Gaps. If Bledsoe or Brogdon are out for the immediate future I expect the Bucks to heat up discussions with Memphis over their PG Tyreke Evans who isn’t currently playing in midst of trade discussions revolving around him. It was reported that the Bucks were interested in acquiring Evans services before the Brogdon injury happened, so we should expect conversations for him and any other guards heating up before the Feb. 8th trading deadline. Tyreke Evans is currently averaging 19.5 points with five rebounds per contest, which would be a huge add for the Bucks.