Milwaukee Bucks struggled out of the gates tonight getting down by twenty after the first quarter. There was little excitement from Milwaukee in the battle in Indianapolis. The Bucks fell to the Pacers 109-96.
- Front Court Defensive Issues. The Bucks struggled to control the paint as the front court trio of Indiana (Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and Thaddeus Young) scored 47 of the 109 Pacers points on an impressive 22/34 from the floor. The Bucks usually give up their fair share of points to opposing bigs, but that doesn’t mean it should happen every game. Thon Maker and John Henson need to be held accountable for the lackluster performances, and puts some fuel in the fire for the return of Andrew Bogut.
- Didn’t Even Get Off the Bus. The Bucks had a terrible first quarter which can be attributed towards the lack of motion and poor defensive effort. At the end of the first frame the game was essentially over with the score of 37-16. Consistently, I watch the Bucks force shots out of isolation scenarios, which seems to be the black hole of the Bucks offense facilitated by coach Jason Kidd.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Historic Streak Ends. Giannis’ Historic Streak of 27 games with 20 points and five rebounds which tied the great Shaquille O’Neal is over. Giannis finished with 17-points and seven rebounds in the loss and really looked out of it from the beginning. I notice that Giannis needs the transition game to get the feel for the game to start. Getting a couple early shots to go for the Greek Freak is a key to success going forward.
- Sterling Brown and Sean Kilpatrick impress in Limited Action. In one of the only intriguing stretches of game in garbage time, Sterling Brown and Sean Kilpatrick put up 18 points in a combined 20 minutes. Sterling was very impressive going 4-4 with 11 points and two steals. If Brown can continue to make the impact on the floor it would bring a question to Jason Kidd’s ability to use Brown to help a struggling bench,
- Thon Maker with No Impact. Thon Maker was a minus 10 out there tonight with one point in eighteen minutes. With rumors of another center addition being swirled around the Milwaukee Bucks, the decision to bring in a center should be based mostly on the direction of the franchise. If the Center position is addressed it would appear that the Bucks are going try and make some noise in the playoffs. But, if they don’t trade for a center their may be a clear sign that Jon Horst wants to keep the valuable assets to fight for another day.