The Milwaukee Bucks made it abundantly clear on Friday night that this team is still a work in progress. They came into Friday’s clash against the Orlando Magic as the favorites to come out with a win but instead, Milwaukee was dominated by the home team, en route to a lopsided 112-97 victory in favor of the Magic.
After the loss, the Bucks are now 5-4 and currently ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee Bucks HC Adrian Griffin Banging on Same Drum
Following Friday’s deflating loss against the Magic, Milwaukee head coach Adrian Griffin was asked by the media what he expects his team to improve on the most moving forward. Unsurprisingly, the first-year shot-caller pointed to the Bucks’ defensive woes as the most significant issue they hope to resolve:
“I think just continue to harp on our team defense, helping each other out there and plugging gaps,” Griffin said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “It’s hard to guard quick guys one-on-one, and when we’re pressuring the ball, we really need our gaps and our help. And listen, this is new for a lot of our players, but they’ve been great and it’s all about building, getting better each game.
“We’ve shown flashes of how effective we can be turning people over and getting into the ball, but nothing happens overnight. You’ve just got to keep harping on the positives … just teach, be great teachers … be great communicators. And our job as coaches is to tell them the truth as we see it, but we have to be better. I have to be better.”
Orlando’s trio of Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner, and Jalen Suggs gave the Bucks all sorts of problems on Friday, combining for 70 out of the Magic’s 112 points on the evening. Needless to say, Milwaukee’s defense just did not hold up — again.
Coach Griff’s glass remains half full, though. He is fully aware of the fact that his team will need to go through a lot of trials early on in order for them to reach their full potential.
Be that as it may, you can’t blame the fans for feeling disappointed with what they’ve seen from their team thus far.
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