Bucks’ Consecutive Losses Fits a Familar Pattern Seen All Season
Milwaukee Bucks lost more games this season than they did last year or the year before. At the time, we were told that it would be fine. Nothing mattered too much in the regular season, and it was all about the postseason. While Milwaukee looked like they were clicking on all cylinders against Miami, those cylinders are completely on empty after two bad losses to Brooklyn. The first one wasn’t that bad only losing by eight, but Brooklyn trounced the Bucks in the second round. Then Game 2 was a shitpumping. Milwaukee got taken directly to the woodshed and lost by 39 points in one of the worst losses in playoff history. Milwaukee had a knack all season to lose consecutive games. It seemed like it happened more often than not when the Bucks lost a game. Let’s lookback.
Milwaukee led off the year with a loss and recovered nicely in their second game. They did not have this weird quirk happen until the 15th game of the season. They would lose back-to-back games to Brooklyn and Los Angeles and that sort of started a trend for Milwaukee the rest of the season. Here are other instances where they lost back-to-back games.
Mid-January: Lose back-to-back games to New Orleans and Charlotte on the road.
Early February: Lose back-to-back games to Phoenix and Utah on the road. They would go on and lose five straight games. They’re longest losing streak of the Bud era.
Late March: Losses to Boston and New York. The Bucks rested their starters against the Knicks, so, we’ll count their loss to the Clippers the next night as well.
Early April: Two straight losses to Golden State and Dallas. No Giannis Antetokounmpo in those games.
Mid April: Two straight home losses to Memphis and Phoenix.
Since their 15th game of the season, Milwaukee would lose two or more games instead of bouncing right back. They only had two instances where the Bucks didn’t lose two or more straight games. Also, these games listed above there tended to be one that was a blowout where Milwaukee looked pretty lifeless.
Despite us all saying regular season doesn’t matter, sometimes, it gives a preview of what’s to come.