4 Lessons to learn from Milwaukee Bucks' 4 recent losses

What is the "silver lining" to some of these terrible losses?
Milwaukee Bucks v Washington Wizards
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The Bucks “Live and Die” by the three more than we give them credit for

Under former head coach Mike Budenholzer, it was clear what the strategy was to shoot the three and rebound.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would drive, kick it out to an open shooter, and “bombs away!” In the 2021-2022 NBA season, the Bucks were fifth in the NBA in 3-point attempts. The following season, they were fourth. This season, their attempts are down by about four fewer threes per game. Under Bud, this team lived and died by the three.

That has not changed much and it was evident in these three losses to these losing teams.

In that previously mentioned “signature win” against Denver, Milwaukee shot 50 percent from three. 

In a recent loss to Memphis, Milwaukee shot 40 percent from three, which is still not all that bad. In a loss to New York, Milwaukee only shot 35 percent from three.

In an embarrassing home loss to Washington, Milwaukee only shot 22 percent from three. Yuck!

The Milwaukee Bucks “live and die” by the three. If they shoot the three poorly in the upcoming playoffs, that does not bode well for a championship run.

The only “silver-lining” in this “silver-lining” (is that possible? I guess) is that most NBA teams today are structured that way, including Boston and OKC.