Milwaukee Bucks: Panic or patience on three struggling Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks: D.J. Augustin, Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo
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Following their devastating two-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets Monday night, the Milwaukee Bucks currently sit with a 9-5 overall record.

That places them at second overall in the Eastern Conference, and to this point, they have been relatively good after some struggles early. Milwaukee’s league-leading offense is firing on all cylinders, and their defense is also showing improvement. However, as two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo alluded to after the game, this team is yet to play its best basketball:

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"“We’re playing good basketball. We’re playing together. We’re competing hard. We’re learning the game. We’re learning the gameplan. We’re playing for one another, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to keep getting better… We’re on a good path right now, so we’ve got to stay on course and keep getting better. Hopefully, in May and June, we’ll be playing our best basketball.”"

The Milwaukee Bucks will need several struggling contributors to step up as the season unfolds.

For a Milwaukee team that underwent significant roster reconstruction this past offseason, they look relatively good almost at the quarter mark of the season. Still, as Antetokounmpo stated in his postgame press conference, this team is not yet happy with where it is at if they are going to be among the premier championship contenders.

While this group can certainly improve as this new unit continues to mesh alongside one another, it starts with several key contributors breaking out of their current slumps. The Bucks are loaded with talent on the depth chart, but when their rotational players begin struggling, things can get hasty among fans.

With that in mind, here is whether there should be panic or patience surrounding three struggling players.