Bucks Buzz Vol. 8: Winless Teams Love Milwaukee
At 4-2, Milwaukee’s next two opponents were two of the league’s worst to start the year. Dallas got their first one against Bucks on Sunday night, and tonight, New Orleans got their first win of the year as Milwaukee couldn’t come back from the Pelicans’ hot start at the beginning of the third quarter. Bucks are now .500 with a much tougher schedule upcoming.
Player of the Game (Bucks): Jabari Parker – What a night for the Bucks forward who continues to have a big November. Parker scored a season-high 33 points with nine rebounds. Parker had his whole game working tonight. He made 50 percent of his shots from the field including three 3-pointers. Parker’s success is an early bright spot to the season.
Not Player of the Game (Bucks): Greg Monroe – Not the best night from Bucks bigs all around, but this is the Monroe that Bucks fans saw far too much of last season. He didn’t really have much to bring to the table tonight. Monroe had eight points with a measly three rebounds. He needs to be better than this if Milwaukee wants to win games.
Player of the Game (Pelicans): E’Twaun Moore – Yes, Anthony Davis had a big night with 32-8, but the difference maker in this game was Moore. The former Bull caught fire in the second half with 12 straight points that helped New Orleans push out their lead. Moore was a player the Bucks had interest in this summer. He would have looked nice doing it for the green and cream tonight.
Positive – Giannis is okay with second fiddle: Sometimes when two budding stars come up together, one ends up having trouble letting the other flourish on any given night. Call it Westbrook Disease if you want. Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t have that issue. He had no problem letting Parker take over this baseball game. That’s encouraging to see as a Bucks fan.
Negative – Big man rebounding: There’s an issue when Bucks traditional big men – Monroe, John Henson and Miles Plumlee collect only 9 rebounds. For reference, Anetokounmpo had more by himself and Parker tied that number. It’s pathetic. They need to better on the glass. Plumlee is a wreck. Henson could be using those 10 minutes more effectively.
Next Up: They head to Atlanta on Saturday night with Hawks who are playing decent ball. This is a new look Hawks team with Dwight Howard in the middle. Last year, Milwaukee took two of three from Atlanta.