2 Studs, 4 gigantic duds from Bucks' brutal Game 2 loss to Pacers

Indiana Pacers v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Two
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Dud - Bobby Portis

After such a solid showing in Game 1, Bobby Portis could not replicate that type of impact in Game 2. From the jump, it was clear that he was off. The big man missed a handful of bunnies right at the hoop, a trend that carried out throughout the game, and took several ill-advised shots. He played a big part in the Milwaukee Bucks struggling to get into a groove on offense.

Like Lopez, Portis had his share of problems sticking with Pacers players as they raced toward the rim again and again. The sluggish defense and poor offense was a deadly combination for the Bucks, and it hurt them mightily. Without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Portis' size becomes that much more vital to the team's success, and he simply cannot have 14 points on 16 shots with subpar defense.

Dud - Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers cannot go on the floor and defend the Pacers players from scoring at the rim in transition. However, he can choose who can go out there to try. Rather than giving minutes to Malik Beasley and Jae Crowder, two players who have struggled, it might have been time for him to give one of the more young and athletic wings an opportunity to at least try and combat the Pacers' transition onslaught.

Andre Jackson Jr. has shown that he can help this unit, and Rivers even acknowledged that the wing could get time in this series because of it. He's one of the few Bucks on the entire team who may even have a shot of sticking with the Pacers in transition, and he has an incredible amount of athleticism to give Indiana a taste of their own medicine. Yet, Doc Rivers simply will not gamble on him.

Sure, with Jackson or even MarJon Beauchamp, one onlooker might worry about their foul troubles or inexperience on the big stage. However, it's not like the veterans are lighting it up. In fact, they are getting torched. Sprinkling in a touch of youth, hunger and athleticism could go a long way in this series. Now, it's up to Rivers to mix things up or be willing to suffer many of the same issues again.

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