The Milwaukee Bucks are hitting the road on a four-game East Coast trip. They do so on the heels of an embarrassing 138-109 loss at home to the Charlotte Hornets. In that game, the Bucks allowed 51 points in the first quarter, digging a hole so deep they could not get out. This has been a disturbing trend as of late for the Bucks, who are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. This clearly is not acceptable for any team, especially one with championship expectations. Head coach Mike Budenholzer addressed his team’s lack of effort in a press conference after practice on Saturday.
Mike Budenholzer Addresses Bucks’ Lack of Effort
Of course, the Milwaukee Bucks have been without three-time All-Star Khris Middleton for most of the season. In addition, Jrue Holiday has missed much of the team’s 10 games. However, the rest of the team has not stepped up in a way that is expected of professionals:
Giannis Antetokounmpo Compared to His Supporting Cast
In the last 10 games, Giannis Antetokounmpo has done some amazing things. He is clearly proving why he is the best player in franchise history. However, the disparity between him and the rest of the team is not something that will lead to consistent wins.
In their last 10 games, the Bucks are averaging 111.9 points, 51.4 rebounds, and 22.5 assists per game. During that time, the Bucks have allowed 119.3 points per game, and over 130 points twice.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Last 10 Games
The two-time MVP is averaging 34.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in his last 10 games. During that time, he has two 40-20 games, a 55-point game, and a 30-20-10 triple double. As one can see, he is solely responsible for a large percentage of the team’s production.
That needs to change. Other players have to step up.