Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on)topic: Playing From Behind
Milwaukee Bucks’ beat writer, Matt Velazquez, provides an excellent look into just how often and familiar the Bucks are with playing from behind in games this season. This stat confirmed what we have been seeing all year.
They’ve trailed by 10 or more points in 38 of their 68 games (55.8%), the worst mark among current playoff teams.
The Bucks are 10-28 in those 38 games. Being able to make a comeback and win a game that they trailed by double digits is great, but to face that situation for a majority of the season is not so great. A point of discussion is the amount of minutes that Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton receive game in and game out. Not only are their respective minutes logs high, but they are also hard, strenuous minutes as the Bucks are constantly playing from behind.
It’s been such a consistent theme throughout the season that there is a level of desensitizing to the large deficits.
Maybe worst of all, as frustrating as Milwaukee’s loss in Orlando might have been, anyone who follows the team can’t say it was surprising.
Tonight’s (off)topic: St. Patrick’s Day
Ah St. Patrick’s Day. A day filled with morning drinking, green beer, and then afternoon public puking. I place St. Patrick’s Day in the third tier of holidays and it might be one of my least favorite celebrations. That being said, I am looking forward to this year’s iteration with the Bucks playing tomorrow and a halftime concert from Bell Biv Devoe. The crowd watching should be better than usual. Any St. Patrick’s Day plans out there?
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