5 Takeaways: Bucks thwart Sacramento’s comeback


The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings for the second time in 4 days, 109-104. The win was Milwaukee’s third straight, and they improved to 8-3 in the Eric Bledsoe era.

  1. Milwaukee’s defense got cooked on the perimeter. The Bucks have been playing much better defense as of late, but they still gave up far too many good looks from downtown tonight. Sacramento hit 11-24 three-pointers to held claw their way back from a 20 point deficit. Throughout the season the Bucks have given up plenty of great looks to their opponents from three, and this season 3 teams have actually set franchise records for 3FGM in a single game against Milwaukee. This is certainly a situation to monitor as the season goes along.
  2. Giannis got whatever he wanted tonight. The Greek Freak put up 33 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block in another dominant display of basketball. More impressive was the fact that he went to the charity stripe a career-high 22 times, converting on 17 of them. Giannis was getting to the paint at ease, as Sacramento’s lack of rim protection forced them to foul him. The Kings did a nice job on Antetokounmpo in the fourth quarter, but he still managed to make a game-saving assist to John Henson for a hook shot in the lane. This was another ho-hum performance from Giannis, something we expect to see on a nightly basis.
  3. Eric Bledsoe continues to look more and more comfortable out there on the floor. He finished tonight with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists on only 9 FGA. Bledsoe’s court vision is unparalleled, and he made a Chris Paul-esq underhanded lob to John Henson for a beautiful alley-oop in the first quarter of play. Bledsoe’s conditioning has gotten a lot better since coming to Milwaukee from Phoenix, and he’s starting to make his jumpers. When Bledsoe is on, the Bucks are nearly unbeatable.
  4. Jason Kidd’s decision to ride vet Jason Terry in the 4th quarter almost lost Milwaukee the game. The JET played 22 minutes tonight, scoring only 2 points and he finished with a minus-9 rating. Terry struggled on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter, and the Kings were able to clamp down defensively because of his inability to score. I am a big JET fan, but Kidd’s decision to ride with him instead of Middleton late in the fourth quarter was a head-scratcher. However, Middleton returned with 4 minutes left and Milwaukee was able to hold on for the victory.
  5. Kings’ veteran power forward Zach Randolph was a thorn in Milwaukee’s side tonight. It’s well known around the league that Z-Bo can really battle with the best down low, and his arsenal of post moves was on full display tonight. He finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds on 10-15 shooting. John Henson and Thon Maker really struggled with Randolph’s physicality, and he really made Milwaukee work defensively. Z-Bo led the Kings furious comeback attempt, but thankfully, Milwaukee made enough stops down the stretch to seal the victory.


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