Mile High Meltdown: Bucks Squander Late Lead
It’s hard to describe what happened last night in Denver with the Milwaukee Bucks. This team has been through a lot during the season, but last night, the team had easily the worst loss of the year. Milwaukee lost to Denver, 128-125, in overtime yesterday. A horrific loss for Milwaukee considering Miami dropped a game on Saturday and Chicago blew out Washington. If the Bucks finished the deal, they would have been the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. It’s really hard to feel anything about this team.
Jabari Parker breaks out
If there’s one positive in the game, Jabari Parker made his case to be a starter and be a part of this team’s late game lineup moving forward. He should have been already, but Joe Prunty is dense, so, now he’ll saw what they have with Parker leading the team late. He finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds in a fantastic performance off the bench. He also played a season-high 39 minutes.
Refs were terrible
No question about it, the officials affected this basketball game. Tony Brothers delivered the Billy Kennedy blue plate special with some of the worst calls of the year. Giannis Antetokounmpo received a rare ejection for getting removed after he fouled out seconds after checking back in for a weak offensive foul. Nikola Jokic deserved an acting award for what he did to Giannis. Some didn’t think Jason Terry fouled him late, and I’m unsure about that one. Looked like a foul to me when I saw it in real time.
The Iso group
Bucks offense is not an offense right now. Prunty has zero idea what to do with this team. It’s not that they have to run plays every time they’re on offense, but it would be nice to see some semblance of an offense from time to time. The ball movement was better through the first three quarters, but when the game was on the line, things went to Iso. We saw it happen again in overtime. It’s like these guys do not trust each other to do the right thing with the ball if they pass it.
Milwaukee heads home to play Boston on Tuesday night. It should be an exciting one at the Bradley Center, but I have to think the fan emotion will not be there like we’ve seen in for other big opponents. The team’s performance drained a lot of people, and it’s hard to get up every night for these games as a fan. Bucks need this win to keep place with Washington and Miami.