3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ shameful loss to Detroit Pistons

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 03 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton, Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes
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The Milwaukee Bucks desperately need Khris Middleton and Grayson Allen to find a groove offensively after grueling performances

Both Khris Middleton and Grayson Allen have had their share of struggles with the Bucks this year, and hopefully last night’s game can serve as a massive wake-up call.

Middleton returned to the lineup following a one-game absence due to personal reasons, and the forward looked incredibly rusty. He scored just 10 points in 28 minutes, shooting 3-of-10 from the field, including a horrendous 1-of-6 from long distance. Middleton’s shooting troubles played a big part in Milwaukee’s 3-point issues on the night as he continues to have a down year from deep. It has been a tough year for Middleton statistically on most fronts, as his shooting splits have dipped significantly compared to where they have been over previous years. That trend will continue after this abysmal performance last night, but hopefully he can bounce back as the Bucks look to start another win streak moving forward.

The same goes for Allen, whose production has dropped off a cliff recently. He did not find any luck ending his shooting slump last night as he clocked in one of his worst performances of the season by scoring five points on 2-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-8 from three. It was a tough game right from the start for Allen as he missed three 3-pointers and a dunk in the first quarter. Given how poorly everyone else was shooting the basketball, this would have been the perfect game for him to find a rhythm, but unfortunately, his slump persisted. This loss to the Pistons marked Allen’s fifth single-digit scoring game over his last six games.

Middleton and Allen will both shoulder their share of the loss. They simply need to play better, and last night’s game against the Pistons showed that. Both players are more than capable of finding a rhythm in a hurry, and the Bucks are hoping that comes sooner rather than later.