Bucks Dress As Brick Shots For Halloween
Milwaukee Bucks faced yet another big time opponent in the first month of the season with the Oklahoma City Thunder coming to town on Halloween. This team has the MVP from last year in Russell Westbrook, but Oklahoma City added some big name talent with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Milwaukee did not rise up to the occasion. Instead, the Bucks delivered their worst loss of the season with a 110-91 drubbing by the Thunder that wasn’t even as close as the final appeared. It was an ugly night, and the drum beat continues to grow louder about Giannis Antetokounmpo needing more help.
Things I didn’t like
Holy shit could Milwaukee not shoot the basketball – You’ll see the stunning stat below that’s going to be quoted by everyone in the Milwaukee media tomorrow morning. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points while the rest of the starting lineup scored a grand total of 26. That’s not going to get it done. Milwaukee needs to find more answers than just Giannis, or Halloween will not be the only holiday that’s rough on the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Tuesday night with 28 points. The rest of the Bucks starting lineup combined for 26 points. pic.twitter.com/nN4cwkwzXg
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 1, 2017
What’s going on with Khris Middleton? – I’ve been at three games already this season, and Khris Middleton did not play well in any of those games Something feels off with him. Is he doing too much because Giannis is performing at such a high level? I feel like he could be forcing it because Middleton knows the shots are limited due to Giannis’ ability to take over the basketball game. He needs to push the reset button
Bucks need more aggression
One major takeaway that’s worth monitoring against better teams is Milwaukee’s inability to be physical with them. There was no bully ball taking place tonight for the Bucks. Way too many times they were double-clutching or settling for the three instead of attacking the basket especially when those threes were not falling.
Last thing to note
Oklahoma City is really fucking good. They’re going to be one of the top three teams in the Western Conference if everyone stays healthy. They have a strong defensive squad.
Milwaukee gets their second back-to-back with a road trip to Charlotte. This one is a little more difficult than the last one as they need to go on the road versus staying at the Bradley Center. This is a rematch of last week’s game. Dwight Howard may be more an issue with Milwaukee having zero size down low. We saw what Steven Adams did tonight.