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

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Dec 5, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd calls a play in the second quarter during the game against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kidd, F

  • There’s growing angst about the coaching of Jason Kidd. Questions about his rotations, strategy, and halftime speeches (Bucks third quarters always suck) have taken the front seat. Gone are the days when the Bucks could get by on just hustle and out-willing their opponent. The LAKERS out-hustled the Bucks. The LAKERS! They have been playing for a draft pick since the second week of the season, and the Bucks were whipped up by them. At some point the Bucks are going to have to play to their potential every night, instead of playing to the quality of their opponent every night. That starts and ends with Jason Kidd.
  • I seriously question his decision to play Jabari Parker just 13 minutes in the first half. It was clear that Kidd was trying to save Parker for Wednesday night’s game, but for what reason? The Bucks are a long-shot to beat the Clippers even with Monroe. Beating the Lakers is necessary. And it felt that Kidd paid for his arrogance in thinking that his deeper bench players could muster up enough positives to beat the Lakers. You can put bad teams away early. Kidd failed to do that and paid for it with an embarrassing loss.

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