Recap: After coming off a disappointing loss at home against Atlanta, the Bucks were unable to finish off the Washington Wizards as they fell 110-105. The Bucks got off to a hot start (again), but their lead quickly faded and turned into a deficit (again). After a complete dud against the Hawks, Giannis Antetokounmpo bounced back in a big way, especially after halftime. The Bucks were simply unable to stop Wizards star John Wall, and they seemed lost on pick-and-roll coverage on defense. Another disappointing effort for the Milwaukee Bucks on the heels of a back-to-back.
Below are the four impact performers from tonights loss in the nation’s capitol.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (28pts, 13reb, 7ast, 0stl, 0blk 7to): After a horrible game against the Atlanta Hawks, Giannis returned to his usual dominant self. He really came on after halftime and found great success at getting to the rim at will against the Wizards. He shot 11-18 from the field, and even added a sweet step back three pointer from the left wing in the fourth. The offensive production was nice, but the turnovers were an absolute killer tonight. Washington was able to score 24 points off 20 Milwaukee Bucks turnovers. Yikes. Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed very off on defense, getting lost on a few defensive possessions throughout the night and even letting Kelly Oubre Jr. to erupt for 19 points. This was a very up and down performance from Giannis, but without his production the Bucks would have been toast. Grade: 75%
Mirza Teletovic (25pts, 3reb, 0ast, 0stl, 1blk, 0to): Mirza’s jump shot was on full display tonight, as he hit 5 three pointers and a countless number of midrange shots. After being a DNP-CD the last two games, he came off the bench and immediately provided a much needed lift for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was consistent all night, and the Bucks severely needed someone to step up with the disappearance of Jabari Parker. Mirza didn’t fill up the box score by any means, but he was the unsung hero of the Bucks tonight. Grade: 87%
Jabari Parker (8pts, 4reb, 0ast, 0stl, 0blk, 3to): Ew. A rough game for Jabari Parker to say the least, and it was bad from the start. He was mediocre at best on both ends of the floor, and his ineffectiveness tonight really costed the Bucks a win tonight. After playing stellar basketball of late, the wheels came off for young Jabari Parker tonight. Growing pains are expected, and I fully expect him to bounce back with vengeance on Monday in Toronto against the Raptors. Grade: 60%
Malcolm Brogdon (11pts, 0reb, 2ast 1stl 0blk, 1to): Malcolm Brogdon has solidified himself as a liable 6th man off the bench for the Bucks. The second round pick has shown tremendous potential lately, both as a shooter, and defender. He was 3-3 from deep, bringing his three point percentage up to 46.9% on the season. He is 23, but plays well above his age. Malcolm Brogdon is a very savvy basketball player. Grade: 85%
Top Plays: 1) Giannis Antetokounmpo’s mean put back slam was even more unbelievable on replay. Off a missed runner from John Henson, Giannis got intio opsition, leaped way above the rim to slam it down. He was well above 10 inches of the rim (according to the Wizards broadcast). 2) Mirza Teletovic’s buzzer beating three point shot to end the first quarter did not even graze the rim. That shot was just the beginning of his three point barrage (5-6 for the game). 3) John Henson’s rejection of Markieff Morris was a tremendous defensive play, as he met Morris at the rim for the clean rejection. Henson has been great for Milwaukee lately.
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Toronto to play the Raptors on Monday night. Whenever these two teams get together, it’s always a gritty game with a playoff like atmosphere to it.