Milwaukee Bucks: Kyle Korver’s recent play uplifting struggling second unit

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Kyle Korver has made a significant impact for the Milwaukee Bucks since returning from a back injury, providing offense for a struggling second unit.

The Milwaukee Bucks find themselves in unfamiliar territory riding their first 3-game losing streak of the season, but still, there have been some positive takeaways. The return of sharpshooter Kyle Korver is one of them, who has come back from injury after missing the previous nine games.

The 38-year-old Korver has been a fantastic addition for the Bucks all season long, averaging 6.7 points per game on 41.5 percent three-point shooting. Losing Korver for this extended period of time due to back soreness was a significant blow, but his return to the lineup has provided a spark off the bench.

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In his last three games since returning from injury, Kyle Korver has been averaging 11.7 points per game on 54.5 percent field goal shooting and a stellar 50 percent shooting from three. For a Milwaukee Bucks’ bench that has been struggling with their shooting as of late, Korver’s return could not have come at a better time for them.

Korver uncharacteristically struggled throughout the month of February, battling with back soreness that allowed him to only play in five of the team’s games. The sharpshooter only shot 30.8 percent from three-point territory throughout those games, so seeing him come out firing in this last stretch is a relief.

As for the rest of their guards off the bench, there is cause for concern regarding their recent shooting slumps over the course of the Bucks’ last 10 games overall.

During that span, second-year standout Donte DiVincenzo has been struggling with his shooting from deep, only hitting 33.3 percent of his shots throughout his past nine games. George Hill, who was leading the league in three-point percentage not too long ago, has cooled down significantly, connecting on only 28.6 percent of his threes in his last seven games.

Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown have been sub-par as well for Milwaukee. Connaughton has been hitting 34.6 percent of threes in his last 10 games, while Brown is sitting at a vile 25.0 percent in his previous seven games.

With their bench guards struggling to shoot the three-pointer effectively, Korver’s play has been a welcome boost. In particular, Korver showcased his offensive arsenal with a vintage performance on Tuesday night versus the Denver Nuggets.

The Bucks sat seven players but still put up a hard-fought battle in a 109-95 loss. Surprisingly, Korver led all scorers with 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers off the bench. The 38-year-old proved that he still has plenty to provide for this Milwaukee team, and will be a significant factor in the team’s offense.

Moving forward, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to rely on Korver’s sharpshooting because it gives them such a massive advantage. Korver can check into the game and have an immediate impact with his lethal offense, as seen in the game versus the Denver Nuggets.

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If Korver can keep up this consistency on the offensive side of the ball, it only bolsters the Bucks’ already dominant offense. Korver has been an underrated addition for Milwaukee this entire year, and hopefully, he can keep up his recent impressive shooting as the regular season nears an end.