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The Brew Hoop Podcast Episode 21: How do you Solve a Problem like No Brogdon?

The guard’s extended absence brings new questions into the fold

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: The initial upload of the podcast apparently cut off around the 32 minute mark, right when I teased a break. Apparently something went wrong on Megaphone, our hosting service’s, end. Apologies for any inconvenience this caused. The full episode should be in your preferred feeds now.

After a one-week absence, it felt good to step back behind the microphone and bring you loyal listeners another episode of The Brew Hoop Podcast. With Kyle attending the Philadelphia 76ers game this week, Riley and myself tackle the tough questions. Namely, what does Kyle’s in-arena report even mean??!!

More importantly, we offer some instant analysis of the loss to the Sixers. We delve into the question of whether this was merely outlier performances from both teams, or whether Philadelphia might offer some specific matchup issues for this Milwaukee team. The latter is particularly something we pondered in light of the Bucks’ surprisingly poor defensive rebounding performance. Then, we break down the ho-hum week that was for Milwaukee with their somewhat predictable loss in San Antonio and subsequent wins in New Orleans and Miami.

After revealing a newfound faith in my own Bucks optimism, we break down the big question on Bucks’ fans mind: how will they replace Malcolm Brogdon? Mitchell already smartly dove into this and we do the same from several angles. I find Brogdon’s absence to be the one that might elicit the most questions from this Bucks’ team, if only because he seems the most replaceable on the surface, but his quiet game belies several vital facets of the Bucks’ offense. Specifically, his dribble-drive game that’s taken a step up this year with the added spacing. Let us know any of your thoughts on our takes in the comments below, as we both thought there’s no easy answer to this sudden conundrum.

Lastly, we break down our predictions for the week ahead. As always, the music is courtesy of Cullah and I can’t say enough times how much I appreciate you folks listening to us babble on and hearing me stutter over my words. It’s been richly rewarding to see the support, even as our voices have started entering your earbuds on a weekly basis.