The Milwaukee Bucks have given away four games in a row, lost their ground in the rankings, and diluted their regular-season dominance. But according to Giannis Antetokounmpo, this is still not the time to switch ON the panic button.
Well, that calmness from a leader can be both rewarding and worrisome. The relentless in the Bucks camp is missing, and that is costing them important games that can not just solidify their playoff berth but also put them in a position to go deeper. So how far can they keep losing before that kick comes in?
High time for the Milwaukee Bucks to pull up the socks
After the Bucks’ recent loss against the Toronto Raptors, Giannis Antetokounmpo shared his views on how they’re not in a panic mode. His positivity is increasingly looking unsettling because they have increased competition in EC with teams like NY Knicks charging ahead.
Recently, former NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins reacted to this debacle and said, “It’s not time to panic, but it is time to have some concerns. The Bucks have lost their identity, not on the offensive end but on the defensive end. I’m used to seeing a Bucks defense that plays boxes and elbows, don’t allow teams to get into the paint, a team that could test and makes guys miss… they have two guys that anchor their defense, and Giannis and Brook Lopez, they’re not doing it, they’re not making those extra effort plays.”
The Bucks’ center player Brook Lopez is seeing a fall in each of his offensive and defensive figures. This is not good news for the team that is counting him as Giannis’ complimentary hand.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has his numbers, but something is OFF
The Bucks are ranking third on the EC table, and that is too bad for their stature. This, because they are 13th in their defensive efficiency this year and 9th in their opposition FG percentage. They topped last year on these two parameters and this must be a cause of worry. Giannis is very well sticking to his MVP numbers from last year, but his scoring is not converting into wins.
As KP added, “a lot of teams around the league do not fear the deer no more. The Miami Heat exposed a hand last year, and that’s what happened. So teams are saying, you know what, all we have to do is load up and take this away, and we can beat the Bucks. So Bucks are going to have to find a way to bring their identity, swag, and trip back.”
There are majorly two factors that are pulling the Bucks down. One, they’re having way too many turnovers that are costing them heavily, and two, their clutch play has deteriorated. They lost the crucial leads against the Suns, the Magic, and the Raptors in the fourth quarter and gave away the games they could’ve won. This has to change if Mike Budenholzer’s men have to come back strong.
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