Milwaukee Bucks Grades, Reactions From 129-118 Loss To Sacramento Kings

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Nov 25, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts to making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions: The Good

  • Despite being the league’s fourth most accurate three point shooting team, the Bucks shoot the fourth lowest threes per game. That’s going to change after Wednesday night’s 13-31 three point shooting performance. Take it with a grain of salt, as O.J. Mayo hoisted up twelve three point attempts alone, but still–it’s nice to see the Bucks let it fly from deep.
  • Nearly a quarter of the Bucks points came on fast breaks. They scored 28 points in transition. It was a look that the Bucks should strive to duplicate the rest of the season.
  • The Bucks moved the ball effectively all night, racking up 30 team assists. Greivis Vasquez led the way with seven (in just sixteen minutes) and Khris Middleton added six for a Bucks team that was unselfish all night. The best part about the high assist total is that the Bucks protected the ball too. They turned it over just eleven times. That’s nearly a 3-1 assist to turnover ratio. Or in other words: really good.
  • Here’s an example of the types of easy looks that unselfish ball movement provides. John Henson with a wide open dunk (the Bucks scored a stout 52 points in the paint).
  • Khris Middleton lives! He tied his season high in scoring with 21 points. Scoring over twenty is always nice–but it’s his FIVE three pointers (5-8 overall) that makes me think he’s returning to form. He set a season high with eight three point attempts, which feels like the right amount for him to be shooting–unlike the two, four, and one attempts of the previous three games.
  • Speaking of threes, Jerryd Bayless is still ballin’. He was 3-4 from beyond the arc Wednesday night, including this gem to end the first half.

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