With a 107-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday the Milwaukee Bucks finished the preseason with an 0-5 record. Currently the only other team beside the Bucks that sit at 0-5 are the Charlotte Hornets. Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t seem worried about going winless this preseason. “It doesn’t worry me,” Antetokounmpo said in a press conference after the game. “What worries me is our habits and building good habits. “Right now, we’re not vocal enough. We’re not urgent enough. We’re not hungry enough. But at the end of the day, it’s the preseason. We have the whole regular season to find ourselves.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo played well against the Nets last night. Playing 32 minutes, leading the Bucks in points (24), rebounds (14) and tied for the lead in assists with four. The Brooklyn Nets were missing some key players like Joe Harris and Seth Curry due to injury. However, Milwaukee has has caught a bit of an injury/illness bug as well. Grayson Allen did not play last night due a non-Covid illness. Pat Connaughton and Wesley Matthews were also out due to injuries. All-star forward Khris Middleton had surgery in July to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and it is unclear on when he may return to action.
Hopefully the Bucks can find their footing once the regular season starts on Thursday, October 20th against the Philadelphia 76ers. Far from an easy test to start off the 2022-2023 NBA season. But this game will give the Milwaukee Bucks a starting point and an indication on what they need to improve on as the season progresses.