Milwaukee Bucks: 3 players that must step up with Bobby Portis sidelined

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 25: Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket between Thanasis Antetokounmpo #43 and Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at Fiserv Forum on February 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 25: Josh Hart #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket between Thanasis Antetokounmpo #43 and Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at Fiserv Forum on February 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MARCH 27 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Bryn Forbes must step up for the Milwaukee Bucks

While Bryn Forbes cannot provide that same sizeable presence that Bobby Portis does, he can overtake that scoring load off Milwaukee’s bench.

As the team’s second-leading scorer in the second unit this season, Forbes is averaging 9.4 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and a career-high 44.7 percent from deep. His sharpshooting has been a welcoming boost this season to spark some offense off the bench, and the team will need him to increase his production without Portis in the fold.

However, the guard has not exactly stepped up to the plate without Portis, struggling mightily in these past two games. In Milwaukee’s consecutive losses, he is averaging just eight points while shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 30 percent from deep. Forbes has struggled with consistency shooting the ball this season, and this two-game stretch is certainly not an ideal time for a slump as the team will rely heavier on him to put points on the board.

The 27-year-old is more than capable of finishing in double figures every night, and he must find some rhythm on this upcoming six-game swing. Having a career-year shooting the ball from the outside, Forbes is lethal when that shot is dropping.

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Losing Portis is certainly a tough blow for the Bucks, but they do have the requisite pieces to fill the void in his absence. Hopefully, the big man can get back into the mix soon, but these three could provide a big boost until then.