Milwaukee Bucks Grades, Reactions to 109-95 Loss To Los Angeles Clippers

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Dec 9, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard

Khris Middleton

(22) pokes the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers forward

Blake Griffin

(32) during the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks fell to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, but we’ve got all your player grades and reactions.

The Milwaukee Bucks had a golden opportunity to make a statement against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. But in typical Bucks fashion a sloppy third quarter allowed their opponent an insurmountable lead.

Things started well for the Bucks. Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, and Michael Carter-Williams all had strong first quarters as the Bucks took a one point lead into the second quarter.

From there the bench unit came out firing with John Henson contributing good baskets and Johnny O’Bryant connecting on a three pointer (strange, but true). Meanwhile the Clippers were missing jumper after jumper, giving the Bucks the opportunity they needed to get ahead.

But the Clippers staged a furious 18-8 run to close the quarter, leaving the Bucks with just a one point lead at halftime.

Then the floor fell out on the Bucks.

Remember J.J. Redick? Of course you do. He roasted the Bucks for fifteen points in the third quarter alone–shooting 3-4 from three and 6-8 overall–as the Clippers expanded their lead to a comfortable seven point margin entering the fourth.

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The Bucks would trim that lead down to five points on multiple occasions, but the Clippers had an answer for every Bucks’ bucket–keeping the Bucks at arm’s reach until time expired.

Even though the Bucks were underdogs heading into the contest it still feels like a tough loss.

First, because Milwaukee squandered an eleven point first half lead (much like they did against Portland on Monday night).

And second, because they didn’t look like they could keep up with the Clippers fast break offense. It’s one thing to get burned on a play or two, but giving up a layup off a made basket should never happen.

Let’s take a closer look at the positives and negatives in our Milwaukee Bucks grades and reactions.

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