Milwaukee Bucks: What’s trending through the sixth week of the season

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Milwaukee Bucks: Mike Budenholzer
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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is a falling trend.

With the Bucks playing quite subpar to their lofty standards and expectations, the microscope continues to center around head coach Mike Budenholzer.

Whether it’s a result of their many roster and system changes or the growing schematic adjustments we’ve finally seen from the Bucks, nothing has stuck to lift the Bucks out of this inconsistent patch. That certainly applies to the high-level 3-point shooting Bucks opponents continue to shell out.

There was no better example of that than this week as the Bucks allowed the Raptors, Pelicans and the Hornets to shoot 20 or more triples, respectively. Both New Orleans and Charlotte stand out for being a subpar shooting team going into their matchups with the Bucks, yet not looking anything like that when the game tips off.

For all of those reasons, it’s getting harder and harder to explain these kind of performances as outliers and this being what to expect from the Bucks on a nightly basis, especially as this is not an isolated trend in Budenholzer’s stint in Milwaukee.

Perhaps most frustrating is that the Bucks have the personnel to defend without having to go under ball screens to capable shooters off the bounce as they often have done. When opposing players are comfortable getting buckets based on how the defense is built, being able to throw the high-caliber of defenders they have on strong scorers is much-needed as their overall defense continues to slip.

There’s no indication that Budenholzer’s time in Milwaukee is coming to an end anytime soon. But as the Bucks try to find some consistency, Budenholzer has to continue to evolve along with his squad or those questions will inevitably bubble up.