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Bucks Drop Track Meet to Kings

kiddfrustratedThe Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings had a good old fashion shoot out Wednesday night at the Bradley Center. The Kings outscored the Bucks 129-118. It was another night that demonstrated what has been wrong with the Bucks for much of the season.

The Bucks have had defensive issues so far in the first month of the season. They have allowed well over 100 points per game on average and they have only won one time when allowing 100 points. The 123 points allowed defensively by the Bucks also marked a season high. Due to the Bucks line-up being filled with a lot of young players the Bucks have struggled to communicate on defense. This has resulted in lots of shots being lightly or uncontested. This was again apartment through out the night Wednesday. But was extremely apparent in the opening quarter as the Bucks allowed 40 points. The Bucks allowed the Kings to shoot over 70% on field goals in the first quarter and 57% for the game.

Another problem area for the Bucks has been three point line defense and three point differential in games. The Bucks have struggled to defend the three point line and that has led to a significant difference in many game in made three pointers between the Bucks and their opponents because the Bucks are not a good three point shooting team in most games. The Kings hit 10 of 23 three point attempts while the Bucks hit 13 of 31 attempts. The 13 made three pointers is well above the Bucks season average for that category.

The Bucks also had problems getting good amounts of ball pressure as Kings Point Guards Rajon Rondo and Darren Collision who led the Kings to 16 fast break points and 16 assists between them. The Kings played without their leading scorer and rebounder in Demarcus Cousins but his stats were more than replaced by Rudy Gay who shot 13 of 21 for 36 points to go with five rebounds. Eight players saw floor time for the Kings and six of them scored in double figures.

The Bucks did appear to have some legitimate complaints with some of the officiating calls throughout the night. The Kings shot 31 of 37 on free throws compared to 21 of 27 for the Buck’s. The frustration finally got the best of Buck’s Coach Jason Kidd who argued with an official and slapped the ball away from him leading to Kidd being ejected with under two minutes.

Buck’s fans are frustrated to some degree by the performance of their team so far this season but they need to remember that the Bucks are the second youngest team in the league and it is going to take some time for this roster to grow together. Also it is important to remember that championship caliber teams are not built over night.


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