The Milwaukee Bucks lost their sixth game in a row tonight and are winless in the New Year. This time the Bucks fell to the Toronto Raptors in Toronto 116-94. Drake’s favorite team built a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back against the woeful Bucks. There were few bright spots for the Bucks as they struggled especially on the defensive end. Though Ersan Ilyasova did have a big night on the offensive end scoring 29 points on 11-16 shooting. This was a step in the right direction for the stretch forward as he has been shooting a paltry 39% all year. Another loss for the Bucks is no surprise and their schedule will not get any easier as the month of January is full of stiff competition.
With that said here are a few takeaways from the game:
- Khris Middleton could lose a chunk of playing time soon. Middleton had a stinker of a game tonight scoring 2 points on 1-8 shooting and just 2 boards in 35 minutes of playing time. His poor performance combined with the return of John Henson from injury does not bode well for the young forward. Though Bucks fans should be more excited to see Henson on the court as it seems like he has much more upside than Middleton.
- Gary Neal recorded his fourth DNP-CD in a row. It’s not like Neal is an All-World backcourt player but with The Greek Freak playing so well at the shooting guard position it does not seem like this trend will end anytime soon. Don’t be surprised if Neal is shipped off to a contender in need of an outside shooter before the trade deadline.
- Giannis hype was at an all-time high after his performance in Oklahoma City. He filled up the stat sheet once again scoring 11 points, grabbing 7 boards, 2 steals, and 1 block. Not an incredible performance by any means but still an encouraging sign for the young Grecian. Though he has been playing well I see him hitting the dreaded rookie wall as the month progresses.
Points: Lowry (23), Ilyasova (29)
Rebounds: Valanciunas (10), Ilyasova (9)
Assists: DeRozan (7), Ridnour (7)