3 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks' gut-wrenching Game 3 loss to Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three
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The Bucks need to spend the next several days focusing on rebounding

Milwaukee's rebounding, or lack thereof, very well may have been the deciding factor in this matchup. The Pacers hauled in seven offensive rebounds across the fourth quarter and overtime, as there was simply no resistance down low from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Indiana's Andrew Nembhard, a 6-foot-5 guard, had three offensive rebounds in overtime on a single trip on offense, constantly battling to keep his team in the game. He was about to grab another one as well but was instead fouled by Khris Middleton. He wasn't alone, as three other Pacers had four or more offensive rebounds, led by an astounding five by Tyrese Haliburton.

Bobby Portis had five, and Khris Middleton had three, but no other Buck had multiple. The Bucks just cannot get beaten this badly on the offensive glass if they want to survive. A significant part of this was simply the Pacers outmatching Milwaukee's athleticism and energy, something that has been a major concern all year. Of course, Giannis being out also hurts.

Rightfully, a lot of eyes will immediately go to Brook Lopez, the towering 7-footer. He's never been a rebounder despite his size, but four rebounds in a game like this is inexcusable, especially without a near-seven-footer like Giannis Antetokounmpo next to him. The Bucks need him to be a factor on the glass much more than he was in this loss.

The Milwaukee Bucks have to find a way to be better on the glass coming out of the gates in Game 4.