Milwaukee Bucks Grades, Reaction To 113-95 Loss To Los Angeles Lakers

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Dec 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) grimaces after getting a foul in the second half of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. Lakers won 113-95. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions: The Bad

  • It should be scripture by now that you should never, ever, ever give a bad team hope. It felt like midway through the first quarter the Lakers realized that the Bucks weren’t going to run away with things and then went on a big run of their own. During this span the Bucks were severely out rebounded (27-21 in the first half, 52-38 overall), surrendered 11 first half points to Kobe Bryant, and allowed the Lakers a nine point halftime advantage. Hope can be a strange thing–it can breed success but it an also fuel unwarranted optimism. Tuesday it brought the Lakers success and proved the optimism for the Buck’s season born from the win over G.S. was an illusion.
  • Defensively the Bucks reverted to their October/ November philosophy: optional. The Lakers, who have reached a franchise nadir offensively, had no problems slicing through Milwaukee. Here’s an example of Kobe taking advantage of the Bucks playing with their HANDS DOWN.
  • Even the refs were on the Lakers side by NOT calling Lou Williams for traveling on this play.
  • Stinker of the night award goes to John Henson and O.J. Mayo. Henson for failure to rebound and Mayo for failure to look anything remotely like an NBA player. Some of his turnovers were mind numbingly bad–like the one intended for Khris Middleton on the right wing but was intercepted by a Laker for an easy layup on the other end.

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