It might be time to stop hoping for Milwaukee wins and just hope for close losses. For the fourth time in five games, the Bucks lost by 15 points or more Monday night.
The 114-86 drubbing the Clippers bestowed upon the Bucks is just the most recent in a series of embarrassing games the team has played recently. Now nobody expected the Bucks to win this game, the talent disparity is just too great even if the Clippers were without the games best point guard. But it’s not unreasonable for fans to expect that they make the games competitive. After one quarter it appeared as if the Bucks were going to do just that on the coat tails of a strong offensive performance by John Henson, who finished the quarter with eight points.
It was the second quarter where the game got away from the Bucks. The offense was anemic, as it is wont to be. The team ended up being outscored 32-16, which is an insurmountable lead for this club to overcome. From that point on the game was over, and the team played like it, getting down by as many as 39 points in the fourth quarter. It was truly a pathetic effort by the entire team.
That’s not to say that this is just about the Bucks being terrible. The Clippers are a very good team and they played like it Monday night. They were led by star power forward Blake Griffin, who finished with 20 points on 8-13 shooting including his usual bevy of highlight dunks. Super sixth man Jamal Crawford also had a great game, finishing with 25 points on the night; I’m pretty sure he just made another high arcing three.
The loss drops the Bucks to 8-36 on the season, helping them to retain the leagues worst record. It won’t get very much easier for the Bucks Wednesday, as they welcome the leagues biggest surprise this season, the Phoenix Suns.
– Tha Bucks were without OJ Mayo and Larry Sanders for the contest, both out with an illness
– Giannis had to different plays where he got the ball at the three point line, took two steps, then either dunked or layed it up. So much length
– Griffin showed of all his talents in the middle of the third, stealing a pass then taking it all the way down the court for a powerful jam.
– Of course he also missed a dunk in the first, where it looked like he lost handle on the ball and it hit the rim. The Bucks broadcast replayed this about 1,000 times (approximately). A bad play by the opponent is just like a good play for the Bucks, right?
– DeAndre Jordan destroyed the Bucks on the glass, finishing with 18 rebounds for the game
– Ersan Ilyasova is terrible… That’s pretty much all I have to say about that