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Bucks Beat

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Houston Rockets 128-121 on Monday night at the Bradley Center. If defense is something you are interested in seeing then this was not the game for you.Giannis-Antetokounmpo

But if you are interested in seeing a glimpse into the future of this young team Monday night was the night and game for you. Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his second career triple double with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists. Kris Middleton scored somewhat of quiet 30 points. His scoring night seemed quite because Jabari Parker scored a career high 36.

While the night had many positives there were two big negatives. The Bucks could have put this game away much easier and quicker than they did were if it not for 17 turnovers. Five of those occurred on consecutive possessions in the latter stages of the fourth quarter and provided the Rockets opportunity to cut the lead down and keep the game interesting. Also the Bucks played minimal amounts of defense allowing the Rockets to shoot over 47% overall and 43% from long range. The Bucks defense did step up late in the game to force the Rockets off the three point line and force a key five second violation on the Rockets. The Bucks continue their season long home stand on Wednesday with a visit from the Pacers.

The Milwaukee Bucks again failed to put together consistent performances falling to the Indiana Pacers 104-99 on Wednesday night at the Bradley Center. The Bucks were lacking energy tonight especially in the decisive second quarter that saw the Pacers turn an even game into a ten point half time lead. The Bucks just did not have the jump and fire in their play tonight. They looked flat on both ends especially at points in the first half.

Turnovers were again a highlighted problem as the Bucks had ten of their 12 turnovers prior to halftime. Another problem for the Bucks on Wednesday night was offensive rebounds as they allowed the Pacers 12 offensive rebounds while only getting six of their own. Another big factor in this game is a differential in three point shooting. The Pacers hit ten compared to the Bucks three. So that is another 20 points in advantages to the Pacers. The Bucks showed some signs of life in the second half and nearly saw three of their players score over 20 points in the game. But ultimately the Bucks hole was too deep for them to dig themselves from despite better overall play in the second half. The Bucks stay home to host the Timberwolves Friday night before wrapping this home stand on Sunday afternoon with the Thunder.middleton3

The Milwaukee Bucks rode the hot shooting of Kris Middleton to a 116-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at the Bradley Center. This game followed a similar start as the game in Minnesota in early January. The Bucks again had to recover from a poor start defensively allowing 35 first quarter points. The Bucks would fall into a 49-39 hole in the middle of the second quarter. They would turn the game in the later stages of the first half and into the third quarter thanks to that same defense. The Bucks went on a 49-13 run over that time period to turn the deficit into an 88-62 lead. On the night the Bucks defense would force 26 turnovers that would lead to 41 Bucks points. By comparison, the Timberwolves normally average 15 turnovers per game. Kris Middleton opened the night eight of eight on three point attempts. He finished with 32 points and only missed one three point attempt. He hit 11 of 16 shots on the night. Giannis nearly recorded another triple double finishing with 27 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. This game would again get somewhat tight again thanks to the Bucks bench, that has been a problem all season. Outside of Greg Monroe, the other four subs off the bench would combine to score six points. The Timberwolves would close the lead to 102-95 and the Bucks would have to reinsert the starters in order to put down the uprising. The Bucks are 2-2 so far on the home stand with Thunder visiting Sunday.

Photo by; Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by; Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks would then play back to back games on Sunday afternoon and Monday night against the Thunder and Bulls respectively. The games would follow similar tracks. On Sunday with the Thunder the Bucks first quarter was in a word pathetic. The Bucks trailed 32-12 after one quarter thanks to a first quarter shooting effort that consisted of them shooting just 3 of 23 in the opening 12 minutes. The Bucks got down seven to nothing early Monday night and again would trail 25-16 after one. The track would continue with someone on the roster leading the Bucks back into the game. That role on Sunday would be filled by Kris Middleton who finish with 18 points. The role of the comeback leader was filed by Jarred Bayless on Monday night who would finish with 20 points. The Bucks would never be able to climb back to even in either game thanks to problems in the fourth quarter. The problems on Sunday were another big offensive cold streak to begin the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter problems on Monday night resulted from defensive communication issues. The bottom line of summary from these two games is that the Bucks are not going to beat playoff caliber teams when they are playing catch-up the entire game.MichaelCarterWilliams3

The Bucks also announced prior to Mondays game that Michael Carter Williams would miss the remainder of the season and will need hip surgery with an expected recovery time of three months. This means that Giannis will continue to play point forward for the majority of the remainder of the season. This position change appears to be contributing towards his development as he has recorded several triple double in the past couple weeks including one in the Thunder game. Development should be a growing focus of the Bucks the rest of the because the playoff odds are growing longer with each passing game.

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