Starters Playing Too Many Minutes Cost Bucks Again
Milwaukee Bucks cannot seem to win two games in a row anymore. Milwaukee continues to flip wins and losses in the month of January as the Bucks dropped 106-101 to the Miami Heat as the fourth quarter went south. This is becoming a theme for the team, and that’s not a good thing. Milwaukee’s minutes might be catching up to them, and that’s not a good thing at all. Bucks losing to the Heat twice in three nights are a bad, bad look, even if Miami has a better record.
Bucks are starting to wear down
With the struggles in the fourth quarters, I feel like we can start pointing to Jason Kidd mismanaging the minutes of these players. Milwaukee appears to struggle when they play multiple games in a short amount of time, and that’s directly related to the ridiculous amount minutes these guys are playing on a nightly basis. Additionally, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been horrible from the line down the stretch recently which is another sign of overuse.
What happened to Tony Snell?
Milwaukee got a spark off the bench with Tony Snell who knocked down four threes in the first half then he completely faded out of the team in the second half. Snell barely received a touch, and the fact, Kidd didn’t create anything for him in the second half is pretty garbage. Milwaukee needs to ride hot hands more often especially when they’re not guys like Giannis, Khris and Eric who can all create their own shots.
Whiteside dominates the paint
Even though Giannis and John Henson both had 10 rebounds in this game, Hassan Whiteside absolutely controlled the paint. He had such a good game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. These types of players are the real problems for Milwaukee with their lack of size inside. It’s not exactly the bulky types, rather, the big, athletic types who are versatile in the post. Guess who they’re playing next… Joel Embiid. A better Whiteside! GOOD! GREAT! GRAND! WONDERFUL!
Milwaukee faces Philadelphia for the first time this season. Ben Simmons versus Giannis will be ton of fun. Embiid should have a field day in the paint. This should be a fun one. Milwaukee will be well rested as they get a few days off before facing the Sixers.