Bucks Buzz: L.A. Flu or no L.A. Flu, Bucks Look Sloppy in LA.
The L.A. Flu is something we’ll hear about when a NBA team gets a night off in Los Angeles. This flu also exists in Miami, Toronto and New York as well. A team might look a little hungover out on the court. Add to the fact, it was a Friday night, a player’s birthday (Tony Snell) and an early tip (12:30 West Coast time), Bucks seemed like a pure candidate for the flu. If they had it, they play played decently enough to force overtime even if they looked sloppy at times. For the Los Angeles Clippers to win on Saturday, it took a runner from Lou Williams with little time left in OT. Bucks could not overcome multiple mistakes and bad turnovers to win this one.
Player of the Game: Montrezl Harrell – What a player. I tweeted that I love his game, and I honestly do. One of the guys I hoped the Bucks might make a run at as he was a restricted free agent. Harrell dominated Milwaukee in the third quarter. He truly bullied them inside and found a way to be everywhere on the court. Bucks couldn’t keep up with his energy. Harrell finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Six of those nine boards were offensive, and that’s not a good thing for Milwaukee. They have to be better around the glass.
Honorable Mention: Brook Lopez – After a lifeless first quarter, Brook Lopez woke them up with a great second quarter. Lopez went off with six made three-pointers last night. Lopez tied his career-high with six threes. One thing I do like about Brook’s outside game is he knows how to get the ball when he’s feeling it. Lopez found multiple opportunities to let it fly and did just that in this one. He finished with 20 points.
One Thing I Liked: Pat Connaughton continues to be vital off the bench – We mentioned this on the Buzz against the Warriors, but Connaughton continues to be great for Bucks on this road trip. He was one of the only Bucks with a positive PER and finished with a nice stat line of 10-5-5. The wing held his own in overtime when thrusted into action due to Khris Middleton fouling out. He’s been awesome for the team.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Khris Middleton’s no show – This was a truly ugly game for Middleton. He fouled out late in the fourth quarter. He only shot four threes, turned the ball over five times. Only Lopez had less shot attempts than Middleton did in the starting five. For being the second-best player on the team, that cannot happen. He’s much better than what he showed on Saturday.
Highlight of the Game: Eric Bledsoe forces overtime – There were a ton of moments from this game including Giannis doing his best Jalen Ramsey impression, but the only reason this game went to overtime was a Bledsoe three that rattled in.
"YES… ERIC BLEDSOE!"
— NBA (@NBA) November 10, 2018
Next up: Man, this is a tough as nails back-to-back heading to Denver. They’re very good. Nuggets own the Bucks and have beat them pretty well at the Pepsi Center. If you remember, Milwaukee had an epic meltdown last year. Bucks could be looking at a 1-3 road trip after Sunday. It would not surprise me in the slightest. I have zero idea what they’ll do with Nikola Jokic.