State of the Bucks – A Weekly Review and Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks

Last Week’s Results:

vs. Washington, Won 102-81
@ Denver, Lost 86-91
@ Utah, Lost 85-73

 

Player of the Week:

Carlos Delfino made his season debut after the last “State of the Bucks”, averaging 34 minutes, 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 40% from 3-point range in the three games he’s played. While he has his moments of struggles (who on the Bucks doesn’t), Delfino is simply a fast player, and his role is vital to maintaining the pace of the Bucks’ offense. Delfino missed 33 games last season and he’ll have to rebuild his confidence while maintaining regular playing time.

Highlights/Lowlights of the Week:

Another two road games, another slowed effort late in the 4th quarter, another two tough losses. The Bucks settle into a state of frustration if they struggle a bit, and that’s certainly something to be concerned about.

The win against Washington was one to appreciate. Milwaukee shot a ridiculous 53%, a height they only hit on 5 occasions last season. They followed it up against Utah by hitting a season-low 30.5%, a mark that despite all their troubles they never reached last year. Yes, it was that bad. And yet their defense kept them in it until late. Expect them to play more often closer to the former than the latter.

Andrew Bogut missed the game against Utah due to “personal problems.” The coaching staff was quiet on the situation, certainly respectful to whatever matter Bogut is tending to. His numbers have been consistent through the 4 games he has played so far, but he has a way to go before he is a reliable double-double player again. As long as he can remain healthy, he should be a dominating piece on this team.

 

This Week’s Games:

Thursday Jan 5th, @ Sacramento
Saturday Jan 7th, @ Los Angeles Clippers
Sunday Jan 8th, @ Phoenix
Tuesday Jan 10th, vs. San Antonio

 

Final Thoughts:

Our most recent “Bucks Sundays” declared at Denver and at Utah as the most winnable of the road games on this trip. The Bucks lost both. So now they roll into Sacramento against a distracted Kings team, and will get a shot at the rebuilt Clippers before returning home against an always-pesky veteran San Antonio Spurs. In this shortened 66-game season, each win means that much more, and the Bucks can’t afford to spend time developing chemistry and fitting into the correct spots. They have to develop their routine and stick with it. Lots of action to come.

 

Player of the Week Count:

– Delfino (1)
– Bogut (1)
 

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