Milwaukee Bucks: 3 players who need a big month of March

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 19 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez, Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MARCH 02 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Following a hectic month of February full of twists and turns, the Milwaukee Bucks aimed to maintain some consistency throughout March.

However, after winning their previous five games to close out last month, the Bucks started March off on the wrong foot with a sizeable home loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was just an all around abysmal showing from Milwaukee, who looked lifeless for most of the night.

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The Bucks now stand at 21-14 on the year as their inconsistent regular season continues with another loss.

Needing to find their identity, Milwaukee will need certain players to kick up their production throughout the month when called upon. These specific players undoubtedly did not play their best basketball throughout February, and they must flip the switch in March.

As the Bucks find themselves back in the loss column, here are three players they will need to have a productive March to help Milwaukee get back on the right track moving forward.

3 Milwaukee Bucks that need a big month of March — Brook Lopez

Currently in his third year as Milwaukee’s starting center, Brook Lopez‘s fit with this team has never been in question more than it is right now.

The big man has done a fine job of anchoring the Bucks’ top-tier paint defense, but it was evident last month that he was virtually unplayable at times. Most notably, Lopez has been absent from the lineup in the closing minutes of several close games for Milwaukee in February, with Giannis Antetokounmpo or Bobby Portis playing center in such situations.

At 32 years old, Lopez has seemingly lost a step, and he has been struggling lately. Statistically, the big man had a solid February by averaging 10.5 points on .471/.351/.793 shooting splits while hauling in five rebounds per game. Still, he has been under fire with criticism for his recent efforts on the floor, and March could be a very telling month for him.

Lopez started things off with a 12-point effort in Milwaukee’s loss to Denver Tuesday night, but he looked lost defensively. It undoubtedly did not help that he was matched up against Nikola Jokic all night long, who put together another MVP caliber performance with 37 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Lopez is not solely to blame for Jokic’s heroic performance, but it was unquestionably a lopsided effort from the two centers last night. Hopefully, with that game in the rearview, Lopez can turn the corner in March.