3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ disgraceful loss to the Brooklyn Nets

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 26 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Brooklyn Nets: LaMarcus Aldridge
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 26 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Several self-inflicted errors by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday fueled the Milwaukee Bucks’ loss to Brooklyn Nets

While free throws were a significant issue for the Bucks against the Nets, some would argue that the decision-making by Milwaukee’s stars was even worse.

Despite putting up solid numbers with 19 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, Holiday could not handle the basketball all night long. The guard tallied seven turnovers for the game, the exact number that the Nets had as a team. Whether it was poor passing or just sloppiness while having the basketball in his hands, Holiday put the Bucks in bad positions consistently as the Nets made sure to capitalize off his countless errors. The veteran floor general has had several games where he has a turnover-frenzy this season, and last night was yet another to add to the list. His subpar free throw shooting certainly did not help either.

Antetokounmpo also made his share of puzzling decisions throughout this one. Although he did add four turnovers of his own, most of his poor choices were made with his shot selection, as he shot just 8-of-20 (40 percent) from the floor. That is far below his typical quota, largely because the Greek Freak shot 1-of-6 from 3-point range. To be clear, two of those attempts were not his regular 3-point tries, with one being a heave at the end of the quarter and another being a tying attempt off a full-court pass in the final seconds. Still, several of Antetokounmpo’s other 3-point attempts were uncalled for at key points in the game. In a matchup like this, most of his scoring must be done close to the hoop, but these constant jumpers were just tough to witness.

These two undeniably have what it takes to be better, and hopefully this was just a rough patch.