The Milwaukee Bucks lost in ugly fashion to the Miami Heat, 79-97 in a Sunday matinee affair.
- The Milwaukee Bucks have no offensive identity. A lot of their offense has been relying mostly on Giannis Antetokounmpo to bail them out. Without an offensive gameplan, the Bucks are leaning on a lot of individual 1on1 action to score. It’s ugly. The Bucks shot a horrendous 31.6% from the field and converted only 4 of their 28 three-point attempts (14.3%). The Bucks gave the ball up 15 times, mostly due to selfish basketball. Our point guard, Eric Bledsoe is far too selfish at times and he can really hurt the Bucks at times. Today was certainly a forgetful game for every member of the Bucks team (even the coaching staff).
- Khris Middleton is in an ugly slump. At this point, it’s all mental for Middleton. He’s bricking wide-open shots that are usually nothing but net. He finished with 16 points on 3-16 shooting but did convert 9/10 free throws. Khris was 1-8 from downtown, and in his last 5 games is shooting a woeful 21.4% from three. He’s a career 40% three-point shooter, and he’s shooting an underwhelming 34% from downtown this season. I fully expect for his shooting numbers to revert to his career averages. It’s not the time to give up on Khris Middleton, folks.
- Malcolm Brogdon is a model of consistency. Aside from Giannis, the President was the only Buck to get it going offensively. He finished with 15 points on 7/12 shooting and continues to improve only a year removed from winning Rookie Of the Year. In another inconsistent season for the Bucks, Brogdon continues to bring it every game on both ends of the floor.
- The Bucks bench is nonexistent. The bench mob scored a meager 12 points, compared to Miami’s bench that scored 23 points. It’s no secret that Milwaukee’s bench has largely been a negative this season, and a large part of that is due to their recent draft picks struggling. The Bucks are getting nothing out of Rashad Vaugh, Thon Maker, or DJ Wilson this season. Rookie Sterling Brown, however, continues to impress with his tenacity whenever he’s on the floor. More minutes for Sterling, please.
- The Bucks path doesn’t get easier, either. After this ugly matinee performance, the Bucks are off to Washington to face the Wizards in another early game. The Bucks continue to underperform in early games, and I don’t expect that trend to end anytime soon, unfortunately.