3 Milwaukee Bucks players who need a strong regular season finish

Dec 17, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton
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The NBA playoffs are just around the corner and the Eastern Conference has been extremely contentious. Many players are stepping up while some are struggling to find their groove to end the regular season. The Milwaukee Bucks have been performing well as of late with massive wins against Philadelphia and Brooklyn under their belt. While players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have been performing well, some members of the supporting cast are still looking to get going.

With the playoffs right around the corner, it is crucial for these players to finish the season strong. With that said, here are three Milwaukee Bucks who need a strong finish to the regular season.

Pat Connaughton needs to find his groove again after coming off an injury with the Milwaukee Bucks

Pat Connaughton was a big contributor in the playoffs last year for Milwaukee. In fact, during the NBA Finals, Connaughton notched the highest three-point percentage for the series. Connaughton was once again a large contributor in the regular season until an injury to his shooting hand occurred against the Phoenix Suns.

After returning to game action, Connaughton was shooting well as he notched 15 points against the Timberwolves and 14 points against the Bulls. However, in recent games, Connaughton has taken a slight step back. After putting up only two points against the Sixers on 1-out-of-5 shooting, he followed it up with five points on 2-out-of-9 shooting against the Clippers. While Connaughton’s recent play doesn’t define him as a player, it is certainly something that will need to be fixed as the season winds down.

Connaughton is having a career year in his fourth season in Milwaukee. On the season, he is averaging 10 points while shooting an impressive 46 percent from the field. Furthermore, he is shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. His role as a scrappy wing with an excellent three-point shot has stayed consistent during his tenure in Milwaukee. Connaughton was a key contributor during the championship run, and he will be again if he gets back to his pre-injury self.

Connaughton will likely be an X-factor for the Bucks come playoff time. If he finishes the regular season on a high note, Milwaukee will be in a good spot to make a deep run in the playoffs. As the season winds down, pay attention to Pat as he looks to finish the season strong.