3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ blowout loss to LA Clippers

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 01 (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, LA Clippers: Ivica Zubac
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Bobby Portis found his stride offensively for the Milwaukee Bucks with a larger role in the lineup

After playing the best basketball of his career as a full-time starter with the Milwaukee Bucks this season, Bobby Portis has struggled to find his footing since returning to the bench. With a sizeable portion of the regulars on the sidelines, Portis once again returned to the starting five and clocked in a solid effort that can hopefully help him establish a groove moving forward.

Portis looked comfortable offensively as he scored 25 points, the second-most behind Nwora, on an efficient 60 percent field goal shooting. He spent most of the night attacking the hoop, bullying his opponents down low or hitting a smooth jumper. While his scoring was stellar, Portis did miss all four of his 3-point attempts on the night as he is still trying to shoot his way out of an ongoing slump. Still, that will hopefully come with time. In addition to his 25 points, Portis gathered eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal in his 26 minutes of action.

Considering that Portis combined to score 19 points on 7-of-25 (28 percent) shooting from the field over his previous three games, this was a solid bounce-back performance from the center. While Portis will still have to find his groove as a member of the second unit once everyone else returns to the lineup, this was certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully Portis’ productive night can be a turning point for him and help the big man find a groove down the final stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs.