The Milwaukee Bucks and Damian Lillard struggled at home in a 127-110 loss at home on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks. This was the second game of the Bucks season, dropping them to 1-1. Lillard was not the same in this game as he was in the first game. He scored 39 points in his Bucks debut against the Philadephia 76ers this past Thursday night.
The law of averages was not on his side in this one. Lillard only scored six points and shot 16.7% from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded two steals, along with shooting 25% from three. Lillard was cold from the start of this one, and he never got into any kind of rhythm offensively.
Milwaukee is going to lose more games than win them when Lillard has off nights like that. It is a very long NBA season, after all, and it is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s been a very long time since Damian Lillard didn’t reach at least 10 points in a single NBA game.
Damian Lillard and the Milwaukee Bucks Will Need a Bounce Back Performance at Home on Monday Night
The Bucks will be playing for the second consecutive night when they will face the Miami Heat at home. This is the first time these two basketball teams will be facing each other since last year’s first-round playoff series. Milwaukee is looking for some revenge in that matchup early on in the season, and Damian Lillard will look to be better in this contest.
This is one of the reasons why they traded for him in the offseason. Khris Middleton also did not play on Sunday for Milwaukee and will see if he is able to suit up on Monday night against Miami.
It was a rare bad night for Damian Lillard, and the Bucks never had a chance against the Hawks with him shooting like that. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 26 points. Hopefully, he will have more help from Lillard on Monday night. This is a very good early test for the Bucks this season against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.
Lillard needs to score at least 25-30 points for Milwaukee in order to knock off Miami on Monday night. He will need to be locked in from the get-go against a team that was one of the best defensive in the NBA a season ago.