The Milwaukee Bucks return to basketball action today against their used store counterparts the Detroit Pistons. Milwaukee is aiming for its first winning streak of the season and to continue its dominance against division rivals.
Where We’re At
Well, six games into the season and the Bucks seems to have given us few clues as to what team it will be moving forward. There’s three things we do know about this team:
- They will continue shooting a high amount of threes
- The games will be a blowout one way or the other
- Coach Mike Budenholzer will give a bench player way too many minutes and we will not like it
Other than the season opener against the Celtics, every Bucks game has been a rout. It seems pretty simple, but it does come down to their three-point shooting. Games like the one against the Golden State Warriors and first matchup against the Miami Heat bode well for the Bucks, while brickfests like the Knicks and the second Heat matchup leaves Milwaukee frustrated. There will be growing pains with a completely different bench, but this is hopefully the first step in seeing some consistency from Milwaukee. Bud has been fairly open to giving some guys on the bench extended looks at different points this season and right now it looks to be Thansis Antetkounmpo who is getting that chance. Bud will have fewer options from his bench this game with Torrey Craig, Sam Merrill and Pat Connaughton all looking to be out for this game.
Latest injury report for Bucks-Pistons tomorrow:— Kane Pitman (@KanePitman) January 4, 2021
Torrey Craig - Out (nose)
Pat Connaughton - Doubtful (left groin strain)
Sam Merrill - Out (left ankle sprain)
Detroit has been struggling to start the season with a 1-5 start, which included a close loss last night to the Boston Celtics. Detroit seemed to hoard all the average centers in the league this offseason, so how they will utilize them will be something to watch. For those that won’t be available for Detroit, Josh Jackson left last night’s game with an ankle while Blake Griffin might be rested as Detroit is on the second night on a back-to-back.
Player to Watch: Jordan Nwora
The Louisville rookie has shown flashes of what he can provide when he has stepped on to the court. His jumpshot seems consistent, his athleticism has helped him on the defensive end, and the willingness to take on defenders is prominent with his shot off the dribble. With the previously mentioned weakened bench, Nwora might have a chance to make a case for forcing his way into Budenholzer’s rotation even when everyone else is healthy. The rookie might also have a chance at garbage time to continue to show why he has promise as a NBA rotation player in his first year.
Game 7: Against the Pistons, the Bucks will....
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