Feb 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives for the basket against Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Difference: Rockets: 101, Bucks: 95

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Note: To get a grasp on the overall setup of the “Difference”, take a look at the following piece that incidentally had to do with Milwaukee’s last matchup against Houston. 

  • As Milwaukee tries to figure out the pieces to their future, 2nd round pick Nate Wolters is trying to etch his way into the future plans of the team. While Wolters has been battling the killer combination of inconsistent shooting and random DNP’s,  the North Dakota State alum shined against Houston’s lackluster defense.  With a career high 19 points, 7 boards and 4 assists, Wolters was spectacular on both ends of the ball. While he was an efficient offensive weapon, Wolters was able to keep Milwaukee’s offense under control despite the low amount of assists.
  • To the surprise of nobody, All-Star big Dwight Howard was absolutely dominant against Milwaukee. With Larry Sanders sidelined in the opening moments, the duo of Pachulia and Raduljica had to share the daunting task of protecting the physically dominating Howard. While Raduljica did a nice job on Howard, that wasn’t enough to keep him from posting up 27 points and 13 rebounds.
  • While the loss of Sanders ultimately killed Milwaukee defensively, they were still able to dominate on the offensive glass. With 14 overall offensive rebounds, the Bucks were able to keep up with the Rockets despite the large amount of turnovers.
  • Speaking of turnovers, Milwaukee’s hopes for victory were pulled away behind their 18 turnovers. While Milwaukee were mostly able to execute on the offensive end, their large amount of turnovers basically erased that success. With that said, the Bucks were able to keep up with the top-notch Rockets offense throughout the entirety of the game.
  • Still recovering from a wrist injury that kept him out for the last week, John Henson definitely had a solid 14 point, 10 rebound performance against Houston. In the face of Omer Asik and Dwight Howard, Henson was able to be effective in the paint which was a terrific sign when you consider his injury.
  • With Giannis Antetokounmpo smashing his face directly into the rookie wall, Khris Middleton did a lot to shoulder the load. While his solid perimeter shooting continues to flourish, Middleton showed off his hidden skills as a distributor with a career-high (counting college and NBA) 8 assists. While he struggled against James Harden, Middleton continues to be one of the more consistent players on this Bucks roster.
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