3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ quality win over Memphis Grizzlies

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 19 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Memphis Grizzlies: De'Anthony Melton, Brandon Clarke
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Jrue Holiday returned to the Milwaukee Bucks’ lineup following a six-game absence and looked understandably rusty

A significant reason why the Bucks have struggled lately is due to Jrue Holiday’s absence, as the guard had missed the last six games for the champs. He finally returned to the lineup last night, coming off the bench behind Hill to get his legs back under him against the Grizzlies.

No one expected the guard to instantly get back on track after such an extended absence, as he justifiably struggled for most of the game. Holiday finished with just nine points while shooting a mere 2-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-3 from long range. Although he kept attacking, the shots just did not fall with the same regularity that they normally would. Nevertheless, that will certainly get better with time as Holiday gets a chance to get back up to speed. The same goes for the three turnovers he tallied on the night as he could not get a handle on the basketball.

Struggle or not, it was great to have Holiday back out on the floor for the Bucks. His importance on this roster had been on full display throughout Milwaukee’s previous six matchups, and it is not a surprise that they play much better basketball when he is out on the floor. He played just a tick over 21-and-a-half minutes off the bench against the Grizzlies, but those numbers will surely climb as the guard gets more practice time to regain his footing. With a big matchup coming up on Friday, the Bucks will be glad to have him out there.