Sunday, April 18

Bucks back home, looking to warm up against the Bulls

The championship-awaiting Milwaukee Bucks have lost three of five to open the season. Last season it took the Bucks nine games to lose for the third time, and before losing again, they had a remarkable 24-3 start.

” We need to be more consistent. We need to be better,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But I think there are positives. We have played well over great periods of games. We just have to extend them.”

A new year brings hope of rebirth, and the Bucks’ quest continues Friday against the visiting Chicago Bulls.

Despite blowing a 14-point lead in the third quarter Wednesday, and with it a chance to win a straight sweep over reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, the Bucks remain optimistic about a quick recovery. After all, they were certainly on the mark against the Heat just 24 hours earlier when they beat them by 47 points.

One night after drilling an NB A-record 29 3-pointers to beat Miami, Milwaukee shot just 16 of 41 from deep in Wednesday’s 119-108 loss.

After entering the game with steamy shooting percentages of 59.2 and 57.6, respectively, True Holiday and Chris Middleton combined to complete 7 of 30 from the court with 21 points on Wednesday. Middleton scored eight points, the season low, after scoring the team’s best on Tuesday 25th.

Still, the Bucks stayed in the game despite scoring just 17 points in the fourth quarter. Giannis Antekokounmpo scored a triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

” The beauty of this team is that even though they were fighting, we were in the game,” Milwaukee’s Done DiVincenzo said of Wednesday’s 119-108 loss. “It wasn’t a blowout. We had the advantage. We have a deep roster, and we have guys who can make plays. Just because one or two guys aren’t taking shots, it’s time someone else stepped up. We are not going to push it. If a player misses shots, we go down the drain. We have a deep team and the guys are very disinterested. “

After a two-game sweep at the Washington Wizards that ended in Thursday’s 133-130 win, the Bulls can attest to their own depth. Chicago had seven scorers in double figures in both games, a feat that stood out especially on Thursday as the team was left without four players due to NB A health and safety protocol amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. .

Bulls coach Billy Donovan said Ryan Archdeacon, Chandler Hutchison, Lauri Marianne and Tomas Satoransky would not travel to Milwaukee with the team.

” My guess is that yes, it’s going to continue here for a period of time,” Donovan said. “How long? I’m not sure about that. I think the daily tests help clarify where the guys are.”

Otto Porter Jr. (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Coby White (16 points, 10 assists) posted double-doubles for the Bulls.

Backup Daniel Gafford, who contributed 15 points, said the key for the Bulls bench was to “really be ready. Be patient. Be professional.”

After playing just once at the Fiber Forum in the first week of the season, the Bucks will begin a five-game home stay on Friday.

” We have to understand each other as a team,” Antetokounmpo said. ” We’re going to be consistent … At the end of the day, we’re going to play our game, find open shots and hope they go down.”

–Field level media

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