The Milwaukee Bucks are 20-13, good for third in the Eastern Conference. They are only 2.5 games behind top seeded Brooklyn, and just one game behind the second-seeded Chicago Bulls. The past couple of weeks have been a real roller coaster for the Milwaukee Bucks, as it has been for all teams throughout the league. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, nearly 25% of all NBA players have entered health and safety protocols. The NBA has had to relax rules surrounding the number of days two-way contract players can stay with a NBA team due to the shortage of players.
With so many new, and sometimes not so fun, things going on throughout the league, there have been several unbelievable stats accomplished by the Bucks. Here, we present part four of our series with three more of these insane numbers.
Jrue Holiday’s Last Three Games: 30.0 and 9.7
Unfortunately, one of the players affected by the recent COVID outbreak is Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. In addition, Khris Middleton missed time with a hyperextended knee. Several other players, including Bobby Portis, Wes Matthews, and Semi Ojeleye also are/were hurt or in protocols.
In their absence, it has been the Jrue Holiday Show. In his last three games, Holiday is averaging 30.0 points and 9.7 assists per game. What is more astounding is that he is doing it on 56.3% shooting. Last week, Holiday scored 40 points in a 116-112 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Bucks will not always need Jrue Holiday to be a scorer. However, over the last week we have seen what he is capable of when he needs to take over games, and it is encouraging.
The Bucks Have More Players on the Injury Report than the Packers
Crazy, but true. Check out this side-by-side photo of the Bucks and Packers injury reports from last week:
According to the graphics, the Bucks had eight players on their injury report prior to their game against New Orleans. The Packers had six players on their list prior to their game against Baltimore. Of course, that did not include players like Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander who are still working their way back from injuries. The point, however, is to show just how much the Bucks have been affected by the recent outbreak.
After 33 games of the season, the Milwaukee Bucks have used 15 different starting lineups. Last night’s lineup against Houston was different than any other lineup the Bucks had used all season.
At this point of the season, who knows when Brook Lopez is going to be ready to play. Generally, without Brook, the Bucks starting lineup would be Holiday, Middleton, Grayson Allen, Giannis, and Portis. Hopefully, Giannis and Portis are able to come back soon and the Bucks can return to full strength.