February was a strange month for the Milwaukee Bucks as they failed to showcase relatively little consistency from start to finish.
They started things off relatively solid by winning five consecutive games as it looked like they had finally started to put the pieces together. However, they followed that up with an abysmal five game losing streak, only to win their most recent five contests and give them a 21-13 record on the season.
Among the 15 chaos-filled games in February, an under-the-radar storyline was the top-tier play of sharpshooter Bryn Forbes.
During that 15-game stretch, Forbes played his best basketball of the season offensively for the Bucks by averaging 12.2 points while shooting a highly efficient 50.8 percent from the floor and an impressive 48.2 percent from behind the arc.
The guard provided a dose of instant offense for Milwaukee every game, something they desperately needed as they abruptly found themselves shorthanded in the backcourt for a lengthy stretch.
Whether it was off the bench or in the starting lineup, Bryn Forbes had an impactful February for the Milwaukee Bucks.
It shocked many when it was announced that Milwaukee’s starting point guard Jrue Holiday had suddenly entered the league’s health and safety protocols on February 8th.
With a game to be played that night, head coach Mike Budenholzer gave Bryn Forbes the nod in the starting lineup in that game and the next five. He made his presence felt on the offensive end during that first streak by averaging 14.6 points while shooting 59 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from deep.
Although the Bucks went just 1-5 during Forbes’ time in the starting lineup, he is certainly not to blame. Forbes promptly returned to the bench in favor of D.J. Augustin for the next four games to give Milwaukee a traditional point guard in the starting lineup, where he continued his stellar contributions throughout the rest of the month.
Forbes recently talked about his recent run of success offensively with the Bucks following a season-high 23-point outing in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The guard praised his teammates for elevating his game, telling reporters:
“I think more than anything it’s our defensive end. I feel like when we’re locked in on defense, it makes the offense easy. The offense just flows because we got a lot of easy baskets. When they’re guarding Giannis in transition he’s probably the best player in the world. That’s where I get a lot of my shots from because they’re so packed in thinking about Giannis and then other guys are extremely unselfish, which makes my job a lot easier…
I think Khris, Giannis, even Donte and Bobby, all are good facilitators and I think it just makes my job easier.”
The on-court chemistry brewing particularly between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bryn Forbes has been a prominent storyline throughout the season, and as the guard detailed, they are a perfect pairing. Forbes provides the two-time MVP with a reliable threat on the perimeter to space the floor, giving him no shortage of looks when the two share the floor.
Forbes has proven to be one of Milwaukee’s better free agency pickups this season, and the sharpshooting he continues to display nightly has been stellar. There have been a few off nights from the 27-year-old, but the good has undoubtedly outweighed the bad here in terms of production.
Hopefully, he can continue this recent hot streak as the Bucks kick off March with a rematch against the Denver Nuggets tonight and generally go into the All-Star break on a high note later in the week.