3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ blowout loss to Denver Nuggets

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 30 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Nwora, Jrue Holiday, Denver Nuggets: Austin Rivers
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 30 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks need to make some changes after loss to Denver Nuggets

One of the biggest concerns with the Bucks this season has been how their recent decisions in the front office have hurt the team. Aside from Allen, virtually all of Milwaukee’s offseason additions have failed to make much of an impact for the Bucks on a nightly basis. The mid-season decision to let DeMarcus Cousins, who was on the Denver sidelines last night, has also come back to bite this team as they continue struggling at the center position nightly. This game highlighted just how much the Bucks need to right some of these wrongs and make some adjustments.

First off, the Bucks must explore trade options for both Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Nwora, as the pair have not quite made the impact that the team would have liked this season. DiVincenzo had another subpar game off the bench by scoring seven points on 2-of-6 shooting, including a mere 1-of-4 from deep while also tallying two turnovers. At this point, he is just eating away at the minutes for Allen, Pat Connaughton, and even Wesley Matthews. For Nwora, he hardly sees time anymore aside from mop-up duty. There are teams that may have interest in the forward, and if the Bucks can get something valuable in a bigger package with Nwora, they should.

The free agent signings of both Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye have also backfired. Both played just six under six minutes in this one when the game had been decided and neither made any impression whatsoever. It is telling that these two veterans have fallen completely out of the rotation, and the front office should be looking to move them. Teams will not be jumping at the opportunity to add either player, but the Bucks should aim to move them rather than simply not play them nightly.

Milwaukee’s bench has been outright awful this season, and there are some understandable reasons for that, but it has been downright hindering the team’s success lately. They need to make something happen before the February 10 deadline to rejuvenate this second unit and the Milwaukee Bucks as a whole.

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The Bucks will look to bounce back as they square off against the Washington Wizards on TNT this Tuesday. Be sure to catch the must-see action at 6:30 p.m. CST.