Milwaukee Bucks: 3 challenges that have plagued Milwaukee so far

Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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3 challenges that have plagued Milwaukee – 3-point issues

Whether it be shooting the 3-pointer or defending it, the Bucks have had their problems dating back several years.

Strictly looking at this season, they have been relatively good shooting from behind the arc by connecting on 39.9 percent of their shots from deep, the fifth-best mark in the league. This team is not afraid to let it fly, and they have proven that with several performances this season with several outings where they have hit 20 or more 3-pointers. Most notably was their 144-97 victory over the Miami Heat in late December, where they hit an NBA record 29 triples.

However, with an offense that revolves around long distance shooting, there are bound to be some off nights, and the Bucks are currently locked in a slump. They have shot just 34-of-103 from behind the arc in their past three games, which have resulted in a victory and two consecutive defeats.

Finding that consistent balance has been a struggle for the Bucks, but not as much as their ability to defend the opponent’s 3-point shooting.

Milwaukee’s opponents are currently shooting 38.6 percent from long range against them, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA. This had been an issue for the two previous seasons, but their 15 games start this year has undoubtedly been the worst, albeit the much smaller sample size.

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Still, if opponents continue shooting the lights out from downtown against the Bucks, it could very well be their undoing once again in a postseason setting.