The Milwaukee Bucks are on game four of their six-game road trip with a stopover in Arizona to take on the Phoenix Suns. It should be an interesting matchup of two wing players who have been impressive all season.
Where We’re At
After a win against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Milwaukee has now won five in a row and are starting to look like the team we were expecting them to be. The offense has been hot, still ranking as the best offense in the league, and that can be attributed to the solar levels of play this season.
Good morning Bucks fans.— Mitchell Maurer (@Mitchell_NBA) February 9, 2021
Through 24 games, the Milwaukee Bucks have 10 players averaging over 10 mpg. 8 of them are shooting over 38% from three, and 3 of *them* are clearing 44%.
This can’t last forever, but this Bucks offense is on a level we simply haven’t seen before.
A prime example of the great offense has been the flames that Khris Middleton has displayed this season. During the Nuggets game, Middleton didn’t make a single three but still was able to put up 29 points and 12 assists. The Bucks will have a tough task of putting an eclipse on the Suns who have won four of their last five games. The addition of Chris Paul has helped ease the burden on Devin Booker, who is averaging 23.5 points showing the bubble run last year wasn’t a fluke. The Bucks will be without Jrue Holiday who is currently in the League’s health and safety protocol (potentially testing positive with COVID).
.@Bucks update: No timetable on Jrue’s return and he’s not traveling with the team.— Zora Stephenson (@ZoraStephenson) February 9, 2021
Bucks declined to comment on Jrue Holiday's absence other than to confirm he missed tonight's game due to the league's health and safety protocols.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) February 9, 2021
However, teammate Khris Middleton indicated Holiday may have "tested positive" for COVID-19.
Middleton's post-game comments: pic.twitter.com/KzmHfxC9Co
The Suns may not have Paul and Jae Crowder as they didn’t play Wednesday against Cleveland. Cameron Payne and Dario Saric are also listed as out.
Player to Watch: Torrey Craig
Well well well, look who has a jumpshot in his system. After not playing at all in the beginning of the season, Bud has consistently brought him off the bench to contribute. Maybe it was wanting to get revenge against his former Denver teammates, but Craig was a perfect 3/3 from three in that game. It will be interesting to see if he will be the one guarding Booker if the two share the court.
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