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

Feb 18, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) celebrates a basket with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (43) celebrates a basket with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 16 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Bobby Portis has been a falling trend for the Milwaukee Bucks.

There’s no doubt that Bobby Portis has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the first two months this Bucks season. As one of the best free agent bargains, Portis has given the Bucks an offensive lift that has at least on the fringes of the Sixth Man of the Year conversation.

Last week, though, was about as invisible as Portis has been all season for the Bucks. It certainly didn’t seem like it would go this way after Portis finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting (2-for-3 from downtown) in the Bucks’ first loss to the Raptors.

In the Bucks’ following three games, Portis scored a combined 17 points on 7-for-18 shooting (3-of-5 from three) in 59 minutes on the court. While Portis’ offense has gone dry, his presence on the glass has been a big boon, just as it has been all season.

The lack of an offensive punch that Portis provided over that stretch coincided with the Bucks’ offense falling under 100 points and logging their worst offensive ratings of the season, per NBA.com/stats.

Stretches like these happen and Portis has still enjoyed his most optimized season of his career while in Milwaukee. Hopefully, we’ll start to see the veteran big man score in bunches again.

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We’ll be back again next week to cover what all emerges as the Bucks’ homestand continues with matchups against the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and the L.A. Clippers.