The Milwaukee Bucks can never make things easy. Since returning from the All Star break, Milwaukee has been involved in three close games, winning the first in the toughest circumstances on the road in Toronto. There isn't time to stay down on losses, as Milwaukee looks to face a team also struggling recently in the Detroit Pistons.
After pulling out a big win against the Toronto Raptors last Friday night, the Bucks have dropped two close games at home against the Pelicans and Wizards. Both of those games had the same issue: one horrendous quarter dooming the team. In the Pelicans game it was the third quarter, while in the Wizards game was the first. Despite that, Milwaukee still remains a 6th seed in the East and is still within striking distance of the 4th seeded Washington Wizards.
Player to watch: Jason Terry
The ageless wonder has been on a hot streak shooting 46% from three per NBA.com. JET had a slow start, but he has been filling in the shooting void the Bucks have needed filled with Tony Snell and Khris Middleton struggling, and Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova both injured. In spot minutes, he has been beneficial and his shooting has buoyed the team.
Detroit was off to a good start after the Blake Griffin trade earlier. That has worn off, with the team winning only one of their last seven games, and that was against the miserable Atlanta Hawks. Detroit has the size to give the Bucks fits; however, with frequent Bucks killer Tobias Harris and defensive ace Avery Bradley both gone, Detroit’s wing rotation leaves something to be desired.
Player to watch: Andre Drummond
The type of player that gives Milwaukee the biggest issues are big centers that can protect the rim. While Drummond is not on the same defensive intimidation as Anthony Davis or Hassan Whiteside, he is able to grab rebounds almost at will. John Henson, Thon Maker and Tyler Zeller will all need to try to hold their own to prevent easy putbacks for Drummond.