For the Milwaukee Bucks sometimes it just isn’t your night
Bucks lose 112-108 in Houston
The (25-11) Milwaukee Bucks had a nice little stretch planned in Texas against San Antonio and Houston. The only surprising thing was supposed to be that they didn’t stop in Dallas to knock out a regular-season game there. However, the Bucks lost 112-108 to Houston, in Houston.
And it felt at times like they barely beat San Antonio, in San Antonio. Milwaukee is 9-8 on the road.
NBA veteran Jeff Green had a world-beater of a night going for 16 points in 34 solid minutes of play. After being down by 20 in the first half it really didn’t look good for Milwaukee. Green was a stud for the Rockets filling in for the injured Dillion Brooks.
At least It seems to be turning out to be a good thing that Indiana won that NBA In-Season Tournament Game. At least we don’t seem cursed, do we?
Not all is lost for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee is currently the number two seed in the East.
Milwaukee is currently second in the NBA in team scoring (124.3 points per game).
They seem to play well, most of the time. The loss to Houston, of course, is supposed to be the exception and not the rule.
Milwaukee Bucks Duds in the loss
The starting five in the first quarter
Woof! Not good. The Bucks only managed 18 points in the first quarter and then followed that up with 25 points in the second. They just could not hit their shots.
Brook Lopez was 1-6 from three. Khris Middleton only managed 10 points. All in all, it was not good for the Milwaukee Bucks starting five. Maybe it might be MarJon time?
The guys came out flat. Even Giannis couldn’t carry this group in the first half.
He had some great hustle plays which we valuable for the team. But he also had some silly fouls, especially one in the first quarter where he whacked the foot of a Rockets player.
He had a nice three. That’s about it.
Head Coach Adrian Griffin simply didn’t seem to have a ton of confidence in him either. Beasley only played 16 minutes.
Rebounding (In General)
The Bucks only managed 37 rebounds. Giannis had 14 on his own.
Houston did not do much better, managing only 39 rebounds.
It just didn’t seem like anyone wanted to rebound by boxing-out. Instead everyone just seemed to be slapping at the ball. And hey, that is going to happen in the NBA regular season.
Milwaukee Bucks Studs
Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo
When you have a great NBA duo often times you get a, “You go, I go” offense. Tonight it felt that way. The scoring burden seems to fall on Dame and Giannis. The Bucks managed 108 points as a team.
Dame and “the greek freak” scored 66 of those points. (I’m no “math guy” but that is close to 62% of the team’s scoring.)
Giannis is 3rd in the league right now averaging 31.3 points a game.
Lillard is 18th in the NBA right now and is only averaging 25.1 points a game.
So in this game it went “you go, I go”- Giannis gets a dunk, Dame gets a cool drive.
Who is going to truly step it up on this team and be that third scoring threat?
Again, not all is lost for the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is currently the number two seed in the East.
(25-11) is still a great record. But if you are going to depend on your offense, you better score! 108 points is simply not going to cut it for this team.
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