Milwaukee Bucks News
4-12-16: Khris Middleton’s game-high 36 points led the Bucks to their 109-108 overtime victory on Sunday at Philadelphia. The victory stopped Milwaukee’s three-game losing streak. However, Greg Monroe’s game-high 23 points on Monday at Orlando were not enough to make it back-to-back wins. The Bucks look to finish the season on a strong note, as they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
3-29-16: This season continues to be a struggle for the Bucks, as they lost their fifth consecutive game on Saturday. The largest margin of defeat during the streak came on Saturday in Milwaukee’s 115-91 lost at the hands of Nicolas Batum and the visiting Charlotte Hornets. The Bucks, who have played much better at home this season, continue their homestand on Wednesday against the Suns.
3-15-16: On Sunday, Giannis Antetokounmpo became the first Bucks player to ever have four triple-doubles in a single season. He has had each of his four career triple-doubles within the last month. In Sunday’s 109-100 victory at Brooklyn, he led all players with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. The O.J. Mayo-less Bucks, who have won their last three games, are trying to get back into the playoff conversation.
2-29-16: The Bucks entered February nine games below .500, but the progress they made in mid-February could be all for naught because they fell on both Thursday and Saturday last week to drop their record to 24-35 in 2015-16. After losing in Boston in the first of those two contests, Khris Middleton’s game-high 26 points were not enough against the visiting Detroit Pistons.
2-23-16: Behind Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double on Monday night against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks won their second consecutive game. In the 108-101 victory, Antetokounmpo put up game highs in points (27), assists (12) and rebounds (10). This performance came two days after Jabari Parker tallied game highs in points (28) and rebounds (13).
2-16-16: The Bucks scored a big win on Thursday against the visiting Washington Wizards, as Milwaukee won, 99-92, behind Khris Middleton’s game-high 27 points. The victory gave the Bucks their second consecutive win, as they head into the All-Star break. After the lengthy break, they host the Charlotte Hornets before heading to Atlanta on the second night of the back-to-back.
2-10-16: The Bucks lost their huge lead on Tuesday night against the visiting Boston Celtics, but Khris Middleton’s free throw with 0.6 seconds remaining won the game, 112-111, for Milwaukee. The victory stopped the Bucks’ five-game losing streak. Greg Monroe scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the contest.
2-3-16: Too many losing streaks seem to be building up for the Bucks this season, and they are in the midst of yet another one during their road trip. On Tuesday, they fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-95, to lose their fourth straight game. Starters Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe combined for 57 points, but also combined for a plus/minus of -46.
1-12-16: Losing three out of their last four games, the Milwaukee Bucks just can’t find a springboard to turn around their season but have plenty of opportunities remaining. This week the Bucks have four games against the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets.
1-4-16: Winners of two straight, the Milwaukee Bucks could be beginning their climb up the Eastern Conference rankings after their horrid start. Still seven games under .500, the Bucks have three straight difficult games against the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.
12-28-15: Perhaps the Eastern Conference’s most disappointing story, the Milwaukee Bucks are now seven games below .500 and are showing zero signs of turning things around. They begin a four game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks, followed by games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacer and Minnesota Timberwolves.
12-21-15: The Milwaukee Bucks had a surprising twist to the season when head coach Jason Kidd elected to have hip surgery and will be out indefinitely. Struggling at 11-18, the spotlight is getting brighter on a team that should be performing better.
12-11-15: Year two of Jason Kidd’s takeover of the Milwaukee Bucks is off to a rough start, sitting at 9-14 with a record of 2-9 on the road. The Bucks have a tough two-game stretch upcoming with a road game against the Raptors and a home game against the undefeated Warriors.
11-19-15: With Jabari Parker sidelined for three games, the Bucks still haven’t been able to trot out their best lineups on a nightly basis. Sitting at one game below .500, the Bucks have a tough road game against the Pacers this weekend.
11-13-15: As they ease Jabari Parker back into the lineup and await Michael Carter-Williams to get healthy at the point guard position, the Milwaukee Bucks are still waiting to trot out their best lineups. It’s a patient process, but the Bucks plan on being in the playoff hunt towards the end of the season.
11-5-15: Coming into the season with positive preseason hype, the Milwaukee Bucks have been underwhelming throughout the first five games of the season, sitting at 2-3. Things seem to be on the upswing however, as they’ve reeled off three straight wins after losing their first two.
4-7-15: The Milwaukee Bucks are one step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 36-36 record that left them with the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #3 seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round. The Bucks started this week by staying at home in Milwaukee to play host to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Bucks defense was no match for the best team in the NBA when the Golden State Warriors took down Milwaukee by the final score of 108-95. The leading scorer in the contest was Stephen Curry who had 25 points while Klay Thompson added 21 points for the ninth straight victory for Golden State. Meanwhile the Bucks scoring attack was led by 14 points from Khris Middleton while Jared Dudley added 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. For Milwaukee’s next contest the team made the trip out to Atlanta to face off with Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks got back to their winning ways with all their regulars in the lineup when the team beat up on the Bucks by the final score of 101-88. The leading scorer in the contest was DeMarre Carroll who had 23 points for Atlanta while Paul Millsap grabbed nine rebounds in the victory for the Hawks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Bucks was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 18 points while Zaza Pachulia added 13 rebounds but it was not nearly enough in the tough loss for Milwaukee. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip back home to Milwaukee to play host to Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls. During the game the Bucks took advantage of a slow night of shooting from the Bulls to narrowly edge Chicago by the final score of 95-91. The leading scorer in the contest was Jimmy Butler who had 25 points for Chicago while Pau Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss for the Bulls. Meanwhile Michael Carter-Williams led the Milwaukee scoring attack with 21 points while Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for the Bucks. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 37-38. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Boston to face off with the Boston Celtics before returning home to play host to the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
3-31-15: The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled since trading Brandon Knight and acquiring Michael Carter Williams but still currently sit with the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs if the season ended today. The Bucks are still sporting an even 34-34 record despite struggling for the better part of the last two weeks. The Bucks started this week by making the trip out to the Barclays Center to face off with Mason Plumlee and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Bucks and the Nets as these two teams went into a triple overtime. The leading scorer in the contest was Brook Lopez who dropped 32 points for the Nets while Thaddeus Young added 24 points leading Brooklyn to a 129-127 victory over Milwaukee. The Bucks offensive attack was led by 29 points from Khris Middleton while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 23 points but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip back home to Milwaukee to play host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game the Cavaliers were on the verged of being upset by the Bucks before a strong second half that saw Cleveland score 64 points propelled the team to a 108-90 victory over Milwaukee. The Cavaliers second half charge was led by LeBron James who led all scorers in the contest with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Kyrie Irving dished out seven assists in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Bucks was led by Michael Carter-Williams who had 19 points but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip back home to play host to Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the game the Bucks staged an epic fourth quarter comeback against the Heat that included holding Miami to just nine points in the final quarter and hitting a buzzer beating shot to win the game by the final score of 89-88. Khris Middleton hit the dagger of a shot for Milwaukee after Ilyasova led the charge with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory for the Bucks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for Miami was led by Dwyane Wade who had 21 points while Hassan Whiteside grabbed eight rebounds in the shocking loss for the Heat. For the final game of the week in the NBA schedule the Milwaukee Bucks stayed at home to play host to the Indiana Pacers. During the game the Pacers were not able to overcome a 15 point first quarter in an eventual 111-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The leading scorer in the contest was Ilyasova who had 34 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee while Michael Carter Williams added eight assists in the victory for the Bucks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by CJ Miles who had 26 points while Scola added nine rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 36-36. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Golden State Warriors before traveling to Atlanta to face off with the Atlanta Hawks. The team will then return back to Milwaukee to finish their week off when the team plays host to the Chicago Bulls.
3-24-15: The Milwaukee Bucks have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 34-31 record. The Bucks started this week by making the trip out to Memphis to face off against Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest Milwaukee managed no more than 22 points in a quarter in an eventual 96-83 loss to the Grizzlies. The leading scorer in the contest was Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 19 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee while Khris Middleton added 17 points in the loss for Milwaukee. Meanwhile the Grizzlies scoring attack was led by 17 points from Courtney Lee while Jeff Green and Zach Randolph added 15 points each in the victory for Memphis. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip out to New Orleans to face off with Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. During the game the only consistent part of the night for the Pelicans was their inconsistency as the team traded big quarters and leads only to give them back the next quarter to Milwaukee. The good news for New Orleans is that Milwaukee never scored more than 23 points in a quarter and could not take advantage in a 85-84 loss for the Bucks. The leading scorer for New Orleans was Anthony Davis who had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Pelicans climbed into the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile Milwaukee’s scoring attack was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 15 points and five rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Bucks. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip back home to Milwaukee to play host to the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. During the game the Spurs used an explosive 36 point second quarter to propel the team to an eventual 114-103 victory over Milwaukee. The leading scorer in the contest was Green who had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs while Tim Duncan dished out seven assists in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Bucks was led by 19 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 11 rebounds from Miles Plumlee but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 34-34. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Brooklyn to face off with the Brooklyn Nets before returning home to Milwaukee to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.
3-3-15: The Milwaukee Bucks come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week with one of the best records in the NBA this season sporting a 30-23 record. The Bucks started this week by staying home in Milwaukee to play host to the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Bucks were without their new players in Michael Carter-Williams and Miles Plumlee but were still able to take out the Nuggets by the final score of 89-81. The Nuggets were without Ty Lawson and relied heavily on Wilson Chandler who had 19 points while Jusuf Nurkic added 11 points but it was not enough in the loss for Denver. Meanwhile the Bucks did have Khris Middleton active and he led the team with 15 points while John Henson added 14 points in the victory for Milwaukee. For the Bucks next contest the team stayed home in Milwaukee to play host to the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks got back to their winning ways finally with a decisive 97-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks scoring attack was aided by Paul Millsap who finished the night with 23 points and 16 rebounds while Dennis Schroder added nine assists in the victory for Atlanta. Meanwhile the Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 19 points but the team was not able to overcome a 13 point first quarter in the loss for Milwaukee. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip out to Chicago to face off with Pau Gasol and the red hot Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Bucks were held to just 71 points in the contest by a tough Bulls defense in an 87-71 victory for Chicago. Milwaukee introduced their newest players including Michael Carter-Williams before the game although he did not play. The Bucks scoring attack was led by 17 points from Khris Middleton while Antetokounmpo was held to just 11 points in the loss for Milwaukee. Meanwhile Tony Snell led Chicago in scoring with 20 points while Nikola Mirotic added 16 points in the victory for the Bulls. For the Bucks next contest the team stayed home in Milwaukee to play host to Michael Carter-Williams former team the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the 76ers managed just 12 points in the first quarter and was never able to make up the deficit resulting in a 104-88 loss to Milwaukee. Michael Carter-Williams faced off with his former team in his Bucks debut and posted seven points and eight assists while John Henson led the team with 21 points in the victory for Milwaukee. Meanwhile the 76ers scoring attack was led by 16 points from Jason Richardson while Robert Covington added 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Philadelphia. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 32-25. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.
2-20-15: The Milwaukee Bucks had another great week last week and head into NBA All Star Weekend posting one of the best records in the NBA this season with a 30-23 record. The Bucks started this week by
watching their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo score 12 points and 10 rebounds and help MVP
Andrew Wiggins lead the World to victory in the World vs. USA Risings Stars Game. The next night the
Bucks watched as Brandon Knight participated in the Taco Bell Skills Competition on NBA All Star
Saturday Night. Knight advanced to the second round with a strong performance against Trey Burke and
faced off with the Raptors Kyle Lowry. In the second round Knight did not give Lowry a chance to shoot a
three point shot and easily advanced to the finals against Patrick Beverley. In the finals Knight got
another huge lead on Beverly for the Rockets guard to knock down his one and only three point shot to
win the competition. Antetokounmpo hoped for better results for Milwaukee in the final competition of
the night while he competed in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the first round Antetokounmpo took his
three dunk attempts and did not make one garnering a 30 point score with his first dunk. With his
second dunk Antetokounmpo scored 35 points on his dunk for a total of 65 points which was not
enough to send him to the finals. The next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with the playing of
the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the
best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of
offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams combined
for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western
Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James Harden
added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points
in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for
Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a
163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 30-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team
stays home to play host to the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks before setting out on the road in
Chicago to face off with the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks will then finish their week off back at home in
Milwaukee when the team plays host to the Philadelphia 76ers.
2-9-15: The Milwaukee Bucks came into the week still searching for some consistency after trading wins and losses for much of the 2014/2015 season that left their overall record at 24-22. The Bucks started this
week by staying at home in Milwaukee to play host to LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers.
During the contest Milwaukee outshot Portland 45% to 37% while also hitting more free throws en
route to a 95-88 victory over the Trail Blazers. The Bucks attack was led by 18 points from Jared Dudley
while OJ Mayo added 17 points in the victory for Milwaukee. Portland watched as Wesley Matthews and
Damian Lillard scored 19 points each while LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points but it was not enough in
the loss for the Trail Blazers. For the Bucks next contest the team made the trip out to Toronto to take
on the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Bucks were able to take down the Raptors despite
scoring just nine points in the fourth quarter as a team. Toronto scored 14 points in the first quarter, 19
points in the third and just 15 points in the fourth quarter in an 82-75 loss to Milwaukee. DeMar
DeRozan led Toronto in scoring with 16 points but it was not enough to overcome Middleton’s 25 points
for Milwaukee in the win for the Bucks. For the Bucks next contest the team stayed at home in
Milwaukee to play host to Carlos Boozer and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game four quarters
could not decide a winner between these two teams as the game went into overtime. Surprisingly the
Lakers held a big eight point advantage at halftime but came out flat in the third quarter scoring just 14
points and facing a six point deficit entering the fourth. In the fourth Milwaukee gave all six points back
forcing the extra five minute period but the tide would change once again. Milwaukee outscored the
Lakers by eight points scoring 19 points total in the overtime period to win the game over the Lakers
113-105. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 27-22. Get
your tickets for next week as the team travels to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets before finishing the week off back at home in Milwaukee playing host to the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings.
1-29-15: The Milwaukee Bucks spent another week last week trading wins and losses as the team comes into the new week with an even 20-19 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling home from London to
play host to the Toronto Raptors inside Milwaukee. During the contest the Raptors were able to snap
their mini losing streak against the Bucks fresh off their trip to London with a 92-89 victory. During the
contest Lowry led the way for Toronto with 18 points while Valanciunas grabbed 13 rebounds in the
victory for the Raptors. Milwaukee showed obvious signs of jetlag in the contest and came out flat
despite Brandon Knight’s 20 point effort in the loss for the Bucks. The Bucks finished their week off back
at home in Milwaukee when the team played host to the Utah Jazz from the Western Conference.
During the contest the Jazz took an early lead over Milwaukee before giving it all the way back entering
the fourth quarter. Brandon Knight had 16 points for the Bucks to lead all scorers while the team tried to
hold on to their three point fourth quarter lead. Gordon Hayward had different plans for his 24 point
night as he led Utah all the way back to a 101-99 victory over Milwaukee to finish their week. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 21-21. Get your tickets for next
week as the team returns to Milwaukee to play host to the Detroit Pistons before finishing their week
off out on the road with a trio of road contests against the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic.
1-12-15: The Milwaukee Bucks came into the week boasting a 17-16 record on the 2014/2015 NBA season after spending much of the campaign trading wins and losses. The Bucks started this week by staying home inside Milwaukee to play host to George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the game Indiana used 22 points from C.J. Miles and twice as many free throw shots in a 94-91 victory over the Bucks. Milwaukee countered with 20 points from Brandon Knight but the team managed just eight free throws in the loss to the Pacers. Milwaukee hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. Once again the Knicks were without their star player Carmelo Anthony and once again the Knicks offense suffered for it. Milwaukee had an off night of shooting as a team outside of a big 31 point third quarter and still easily held on to beat New York by the final score of 95-82. The Bucks attack was led by 17 points from Brandon Knight in the win while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 of his own for the Knicks in the loss to Milwaukee. The very next night the Bucks were back in action out on the court when the team stayed home in Milwaukee to play host to the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Suns overcame a sluggish first quarter to come from behind and beat the Bucks by the final score of 102-96. The Milwaukee attack was led by 26 points from Brandon Knight as the Bucks took a slim one point lead into the fourth quarter before relinquishing it to Phoenix. The Suns were led by 26 points and 10 rebounds from Morris in the victory over Milwaukee. The Bucks were back on the court the very next night in Philadelphia when the team traveled to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in a road contest. During the contest Middleton and the Bucks took advantage of an anemic offense in Philadelphia to easily take down the 76ers 97-77. Middleton led all scorers with 18 points for the Bucks while McDaniels managed just 14 points to lead Philadelphia’s attack. The 76ers played well for much of the game but the team could not overcome an 11 point output in the first quarter in the loss to Milwaukee. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 19-18. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Milwaukee Bucks before traveling to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks will then return home to finish their week off in Milwaukee against the New York Knicks.
1-2-15: The Milwaukee Bucks have traded wins and losses for much of the first two months of the 2014/2015 season which is evident by their 14-15 record to start the campaign. The Bucks started this week by traveling to Atlanta to play the first of a home and home series against the Atlanta Hawks. During the contest the Bucks did everything right from the court while the Hawks seemingly struggled with everything in a game that ended up being a laugher when all was said and done. Milwaukee shot 51% from the field as a team including a hot hand from beyond the arc in an easy 107-77 victory over the Hawks. Atlanta was led by 22 points from Paul Millsap but it was not enough for the team that managed just 41% shooting from the field and 17% from beyond the arc in the contest. These same two teams were back at it again the very next night with the key difference being that the Milwaukee Bucks were the home team in this contest. During the contest neither team shot especially well from the floor as both teams finished shooting under 40% but the Hawks were just a little better on the night. Milwaukee finished shooting 39% as a team led by 21 points from Khris Middleton but it was not enough in a loss to Atlanta. The Hawks overcame shooting just 37% from the field due in part to 25 points from Jeff Teague in a 90-85 victory over the Bucks. The Bucks hoped for better results in their next game when the team traveled to Charlotte to take on the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest the Charlotte Hornets were able to force an overtime period despite shooting just 37% from the field and despite scoring just 32 points in the first half. Kemba Walker once again led the way for the Hornets with 28 points to lead all scorers but the team came up short in the extra five minute frame. Brandon Knight led the Bucks to an overtime victory with his team high 18 points as Milwaukee went on to beat Charlotte by the score of 104-94. The Bucks hoped to end their week on a high note when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. During the contest LeBron James missed his second straight game with knee soreness while Kevin Love also sat out and the Cavs offense severely struggled. Kyrie Irving was back and scored 25 points but his supporting cast was not up to the task. Meanwhile Milwaukee’s attack was led by 26 points from Brandon Knight that led all scorers in a 96-80 victory over the Cavaliers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-16. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Indiana Pacers before setting out on the road to face off with the New York Knicks. The Bucks will then return home to Milwaukee to host the Phoenix Suns before finishing their week in Philadelphia taking on the Philadelphia 76ers.
12-22-14: The Milwaukee Bucks have been trading wins and losses to start the 2014/2015 NBA season and currently sit in the middle of the pack with an 11-12 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling home to Milwaukee to play host to Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Bucks as a team were absolutely on fire from the field finishing the game with a 57% shooting percentage. Brandon Knight scored 22 for the Bucks team that knocked down seven three point attempts from the field. The Clippers Matt Barnes scored 25 points but it was not enough in a 111-106 loss to Milwaukee. The Bucks looked to win their second straight game of the week in their next contest when the team traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns. During the contest these two teams played a closely contested game that came down to a last second shot from the unlikeliest of heroes. The Suns offensive attack was led by 25 points from Markieff Morris while the team finished with 40% shooting from the field. The Bucks on the other hand were led by 20 points from Brandon Knight and 48% shooting from the field but it was a Khris Middleton buzzer beater that decided the contest. Middleton knocked down a shot as time expired giving the Bucks a dramatic 96-94 victory over Phoenix. The Bucks hoped to ride that momentum to another victory in their next contest when the team traveled to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest these two teams had comparable stats from the free throw line and the three point line but the difference came in the rebounding department. Portland pulled down 52 rebounds as a team in the contest which led to an extra 10 shooting attempts while Milwaukee managed to pull down just 32 rebounds. Portland used those extra shooting opportunities to take a lead that the team would not relinquish in a 104-97 victory for the Trail Blazers. The Bucks would finish their week off on the road hoping to end on a high note when the team traveled to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings shooting was hot as the team finished with a 57% shooting percentage while Milwaukee managed just 49% from the court. The Kings had to feel good about what the offense was doing when they took good shots but Sacramento turned the ball over 21 times during the contest leading to eight more shooting opportunities for the Bucks. In a close game Milwaukee and Brandon Knight took advantage as the Bucks went on to beat the Kings in a close game by the score of 108-107. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-13. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers before returning home to Milwaukee to host the Charlotte Hornets in a short week for the team.
12-15-14: The Milwaukee Bucks beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with a 10-10 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling back home to Milwaukee to take on Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Heat came out firing on all cylinders scoring 30 points in the first quarter before the home town Bucks took over. Milwaukee held the Heat 20 points in the second quarter and 35 points in the second half as the Bucks and Kendall Marshall started to run away with the contest. Marshall led all Bucks scorers with 20 points while Milwaukee took down Miami by the score of 109-85. Milwaukee looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when they traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Bucks felt offensively as the team shot an even 50% from the field led by 18 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo but the Milwaukee defense was a whole other story. The defense allowed the Mavericks to shoot 58% from the field while Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki combined for 49 points in a 125-102 victory for Dallas over the Bucks. The Bucks looked to return to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Oklahoma City to take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest Kevin Durant narrowly missed a triple double scoring 23 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing seven assists for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was led by 28 points from Russell Westbrook as the Thunder simply outscored O.J. Mayo and the Bucks in the contest. Mayo scored 18 points for Milwaukee but it was not enough in their 114-101 loss to the Thunder. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-12. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team travels back home to Milwaukee to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers before setting out on the road to face off with the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings.
12-5-14: The Milwaukee Bucks have been hanging out in the middle of the standings in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has posted just a 9-7 record to start the new season. The Bucks started this week by packing their bags and heading out on the road to Detroit to face off with the Detroit Pistons. In the contest the Pistons and the Bucks played a closely contested matchup until one team took over in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee led the Pistons by the score of 53-45 at halftime before Detroit cut it to just a five point deficit entering the fourth quarter. The Bucks went off in the final frame putting up a 30 spot while holding the Pistons to just 19 points as Milwaukee went on to beat Detroit by the score of 104-88. The very next night the Bucks were back at it again this time back in Milwaukee playing host to the Houston Rockets at home. During the contest the Rockets big men dominated the board collecting 12 more rebounds which led to 13 more shooting opportunities for Houston. The Rockets, namely James Harden who led all scorers in the contest with 34 points, took full advantage of the extra opportunities as the team finished with a 51% shooting percentage in the game. The Bucks had no answer for Harden or the Rockets Trevor Ariza who had 10 rebounds in a 117-103 loss to Houston. Milwaukee was led by 19 points from Jabari Parker and 18 points from Ersan Ilyasova but it was not enough in the loss to the Rockets. The Bucks looked to turn things around and get back in the win column in their next game when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest these two teams traded big quarters and offensive outbursts as it seemed for much of the game that the team with the ball in their hand last would win the matchup. The trio of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James scored 28, 27 and 26 points respectively as the Cavaliers finished shooting 53% from the field in the contest. Milwaukee matched Cleveland’s big three with big nights from Jabari Parker and Brandon Knight but the Bucks finished with just 49% shooting from the field. Even with a hot hand shooting from the field the Bucks still fell to the suddenly hot Cavaliers by the score of 111-108. The Bucks finished their week off by heading back home to Milwaukee to play host to the Dallas Mavericks from the Western Conference. During the contest Milwaukee jumped out all over Dallas early in the contest as the Bucks took a seven point lead at halftime before the Mavericks staged a comeback. Dallas held Milwaukee to just 14 points in the third quarter after surrendering a pair of 30 plus point quarters in the first half as the Mavericks took a two point lead late. Dallas, behind the scoring attack of Monta Ellis, went on to hold off the Bucks in the fourth quarter en route to a 107-105 victory over Milwaukee. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-10. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team plays host to the Miami Heat before traveling out on the road to face off with the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder to finish the week.
11-28-14: The Milwaukee Bucks have quietly had a strong start to the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has started the season with an impressive 7-5 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling to our neighbors from the north to take on the Toronto Raptors in an Eastern Conference road game. In the contest Louis Williams led the Raptors and all scorers in 22 points while Kyle Lowry added 20 points while the Raptors went on to rout the Bucks by the score of 124-82. The Bucks were led by 15 points from Jabari Parker but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. The very next night the Bucks were back at home hosting the Washington Wizards in Milwaukee. In the game the Wizards offensive attack was led by Paul Pierce as the veteran had a 25 points and 10 rebound double-double as Marcin Gortat also added a double-double of his own for Washington. The Bucks countered with 27 points from Brandon Knight and 43% team shooting but it was not enough. Milwaukee ended up losing the contest to the Wizards by the final score of 111-100. The Bucks looked to get back into the win column in their next game as the team traveled back home to Milwaukee to host the Detroit Pistons. In the game Milwaukee was led by Brandon Knight’s 20 point outburst as one of five Bucks that scored in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Pistons were led by 23 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Drummond and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Smith as Smith missed a triple-double by just two assists. The contest was decided on the boards as the Bucks out-rebounded the Pistons by 14 which led to more shooting opportunities in a 98-86 victory for Milwaukee. The Bucks finished out their schedule this week by traveling to Minnesota to take on a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves team on the road. During the contest the Wolves were led by 19 points from Corey Brewer while Andrew Wiggins added 14 points in a cold night of shooting for Minnesota. The Wolves managed just 38% shooting from the field and 21% from beyond the arc as Minnesota fell to the Bucks by the score of 103-86. Milwaukee had seven players that finished in double figures while the team shot 47% in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-7. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team sets out on the road to face off with the Detroit Pistons before coming back home to host the Houston Rockets. Milwaukee will then travel back out on the road to play the Cleveland Cavaliers before finishing their week back at home facing the Dallas Mavericks.
11-21-14: The Milwaukee Bucks had a decent start to their 2014/2015 season as the team started the campaign
with an even 4-4 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling to Orlando to take on the Orlando
Magic in a road contest. In the game Brandon Knight’s 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 19 points
were not enough as the Magic easily beat the Bucks by the score of 101-85. In the victory the Magic
were led by 26 points and 10 rebounds from Tobias Harris and the team’s 46% shooting percentage
from three point land. Two nights later the Bucks were back out on the road again this time taking on
the Miami Heat in South Beach. In the game Milwaukee was led by 20 points from Brandon Knight while
five other Bucks players scored in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the Dwyane Wade-less Miami
Heat were led by 18 points from Mario Chalmers but it was not enough as the Bucks went on to beat the
Heat by the score of 91-84. Milwaukee was back at home in their next contest as the Bucks played host
to Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. In the game the Knicks were led by the usual suspects of
Carmelo Anthony who scored 26 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. who finished with 24 points while the
team shot an impressive 55% from the field. The Bucks were that much better though in this contest
matching the Knicks 55% shooting percentage while also knocking down 53% of their three point
attempts. The Bucks leading scorer was Ersan Ilyasova who finished with 20 points in a 117-113 victory
for the Bucks. Milwaukee finished their week off in Brooklyn as the team played a big road game against
the Nets. Brooklyn enjoyed a breakout game from Brook Lopez as he led all scorers with 26 points while
five of his teammates scored in double figures in the contest. The Nets found themselves in the middle
of a shootout though when the Bucks matched the Nets with five of their own players scoring in double
figures. This game was well contested on both sides and it took three overtime periods to decide the
contest. In the end the Bucks were too much for the Nets in the third overtime as Milwaukee went on to
beat Brooklyn by the score of 122-118. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an
overall record of 7-5. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team travels to Toronto to take on the
Toronto Raptors before returning back home to host the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons in
Milwaukee. The Bucks will finish their week off in Minnesota with a big game against the Timberwolves
on the road.
11-14-14: The Milwaukee Bucks did not have the best of starts to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team started the season with a 2-3 record. The Bucks started this week by traveling to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons on the road. In a relatively low scoring contest for both teams the Pistons were led by 18 points from Jabari Parker and 17 points from Brandon Knight as the only players for Detroit that would score in double digits in the game. Meanwhile the Bucks scoring attack was led by 19 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but it wasn’t enough as the Pistons took down Milwaukee by the score of 98-95. The Bucks took the loss on the chin before heading back home to host the Memphis Grizzlies in their next contest. In the game the Bucks were led by 18 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo who played over 30:00 off the bench for Milwaukee. The Grizzlies kept things close on the free throw line as the team scored 31 points from the line but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies lost a close contest to the Bucks by the score of 93-92. The Bucks looked to keep their good fortunes going in their next contest as the team went home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the game OJ Mayo and Brandon Knight combined for 35 points for Milwaukee to lead the offensive attack in a relatively low scoring game for both teams. Reggie Jackson broke out for the Thunder in the contest to lead all scorers with 29 points but it was not enough as the guard lacked support from his team. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by the score of 85-78 in the contest. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-4. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team starts the new week on the road facing off with the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat before heading back home to host the New York Knicks. The Bucks will finish their week off in Brooklyn when they face off with the Brooklyn Nets on the road.
11-7-14: The Milwaukee Bucks started their 2014/2015 season off last week by traveling to Charlotte to take on
Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets on the road. The Bucks ultimately fell to Charlotte in their first game
back as the Hornets as Milwaukee dropped their record to 0-1 on the season. With the 2014/2015
season entering its first full week the Bucks hosted the Philadelphia 76ers in their first home game of the
season. Philadelphia’s defense had no answer for O.J. Mayo on the night as the Bucks went on to win
the game by the score of 93-81. The very next night the Bucks were in Washington taking on the
Washington Wizards on the road in a high scoring affair for both teams. Nene led all Washington scorers
with 22 points in the contest while Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter chipped in double digit scoring nights
for the Wizards. The Bucks scoring attack was led by Brandon Knight’s 24 points but it was not enough
as the Bucks ultimately fell to the Wizards by the score of 108-97. Milwaukee had a couple nights off to
lick their wounds before traveling to Indiana to take on the Indiana Pacers on the road. In the game
Indiana was cold both from the field and from the free throw line as the Pacers shot just 40% from the
field and 59% from the stripe. Chris Copeland’s 19 points was not enough for the Pacers as Indiana fell
to Milwaukee by the score of 87-81. The Bucks shot just 45% from the field in the contest but shot 86%
from the free throw line to win the contest behind 23 points from Brandon Knight. Milwaukee finished
their week by hosting the Chicago Bulls in Milwaukee. In the contest Taj Gibson led the way for Chicago
with 23 points while Pau Gasol got 14 rebounds in a 95-86 victory for the Bulls. The Bucks had a cold
night shooting from the field as a team as Milwaukee only mustered a 37.1% shooting percentage on
the night. Milwaukee’s offensive attack was led by 13 points by Giannis Antetokounmpo in the loss.
When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-3. Get your Bucks
tickets for next week as the team travels to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons before heading back
home for a pair of home games against the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.
10-31-14: The Milwaukee Bucks tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Charlotte Hornets on the road after a less than impressive 3-4 preseason record. The Bucks have a new head coach in Jason Kidd, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets, but were unable to work out an extension with Brandon Knight before the 10/31 deadline. Knight now seems destined to hit free agency in the summer before the 2015/2016 season. The Bucks have decided to go with a young team; something Coach Kidd admits is a new challenge after coaching the veteran Nets last season, heading into the 2014/2015 season. The Bucks started the season by facing off with the Charlotte Hornets on the road and Knight made Milwaukee look foolish for not reaching a contract extension. Knight was two rebounds shy of a triple-double as he finished with 22 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds. Knight’s efforts were not enough as the Bucks went on to fall to the Hornets by the score of 108-106 behind 26 points for the Hornets Kemba Walker. Milwaukee’s young team showed a lot of character for the first three quarters before the Hornets took over in the fourth quarter that ultimately led to the Bucks first loss of the season. Get your Bucks tickets for next week as the team hosts two home games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee will also travel for a pair of games next week against the Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers.
10-29-14: Under new head coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks will look to improve on their 15-win record from just a season ago. The team also drafted first-round pick Jabari Parker, who has allowed ticket prices to increase significantly at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The average price for Bucks tickets at home this season is $104.88 on the secondary market, 109.7% higher than last season’s average of $50. A March 22 visit from the Cavs serves as the most expensive game at home, with the average secondary price currently at $285.81 and a get-in price of $38.
10-24-14: The Milwaukee Bucks owned the worst record in the NBA at 15-67 last season, but they’ll hope new head coach Jason Kidd can inject some much-needed spirit into the team. Duke superstar Jabari Parker is already slated to win Rookie of the Year honors if he can stay healthy and productive while O.J. Mayo will look to improve on his game as the team’s starting shooting guard.
10-15-14: The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their preseason schedule on Oct 8 with an 86-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Since, the Bucks have dropped three straight to Detroit, Chicago, and 106-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last outing. The Bucks will look to rebound this Friday when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the U.S. Cellular Center with two remaining preseason games with the Knicks and another meeting with the Timberwolves before opening up the regular season on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Milwaukee Bucks kicks off their preseason tonight as they get set to play the Memphis Grizzlies. Milwaukee will then travel to Detroit the next day to play the Pistons, followed by an October 11th meeting with the Chicago Bulls. Other opponents on the Buck preseason schedule include matchups with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Knicks, and conclude their preseason against the Timberwolves at the Bradley Center on October 22. There was nothing good about the Bucks 2013-14 season expect that its now over and can look forward to having Jason Kidd as their new head coach who has a lot promise on his roster but many questions to be answered.
9-22-14: For player and Nets head coach Jason Kidd is now the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after Brooklyn shipped him there over the summer. Now he has to manage a team which like last years Bucks team is an odd mix of veterans and young players. This years team includes Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Larry Sanders, and the number 2 overall pick Jabari Parker. These guys will play with the likes of Zaza Pachulia, Jared Dudley, Ersan Ilyasova, and OJ Mayo. With all of these assets for a rebuilding team coach Kidd has a lot to work with and expect GM John Hammond to be active this season.
8-13-14: The Milwaukee Buck made some headlines this offseason by picking up Jabari Parker as the second overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Parker is arguably the best offensive player in the draft with the ability to make an immediate impact in the league. They also acquired Jason Kidd as their new head coach in exchange of two draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets in controversial trade as Kidd bolted Brooklyn after being told he would not have personnel power. Kidd has a relationship with Milwaukee’s current ownership and he’s coming off a solid season with the Nets making the playoffs after a horrendous start.
Milwaukee Bucks 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 2, Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
Round 2, Pick 31, Damien Inglis, SF, France
Round 2, Pick 36, Johnny O’Bryant, PF, LSU
4-7-14: The losses keep on coming for the Bucks, who are on pace to have the best chance at the first overall pick in the draft. Milwaukee played the Miami Heat twice this past week, and those games were very difficult for the Bucks. On Saturday, O.J. Mayo sat out when Milwaukee hosted the Heat. The Bucks only mustered 67 points in the 21-point loss. Then, they were handed their 60th loss of the season as the Pistons beat Milwaukee by five points in Detroit. The Bucks traveled to Miami for Wednesday’s game against the Heat. Ramon Sessions scored a game-high 19 points, but the Bucks lost, 96-77.
4-1-14: Bucks fans seem to be ready for the offseason and the draft, but Milwaukee keeps fighting hard. The Bucks scored at least 98 points in each of their three games this past week and won one of the contests. Although Milwaukee was swept in the road back-to-back set, the Bucks bounced back to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Brandon Knight scored a game-high 30 points in that game as the Bucks won, 108-105. Earlier in the week, they fell by 17 points to Sacramento Kings on Sunday and then lost to the Los Angeles Clippers by eight points on Monday.
3-24-14: It was a frustrating week as the Bucks continued on their pace to the worst record in the league this season. With four losses this past week, Milwaukee pushed its losing streak to six games. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bucks played a back-to-back set. In the first contest, the New York Knicks won, 115-94. Then, Brandon Knight scored a game-high 21 points on Sunday, but that performance was in a 101-92 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bucks then dropped games in Portland and in Golden State. Unfortunately, the Bucks also found out that Larry Sanders will officially miss the remainder of the season.
3-17-14: The Bucks had a hectic week, as they played five games in seven days. Ersan Ilyasova served his one-game suspension on Friday in New Orleans, and Milwaukee lost, 112-104, to the Pelicans. Unfortunately, the bad news did not end there. O.J. Mayo was ejected during that contest for striking Greg Stiemsma in the throat. Mayo missed Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards, and the Bucks lost by seven points. However, the Bucks bounced back to beat the Orlando Magic on Monday behind a big night from Khris Middleton. Milwaukee then started its three-game road trip with losses in Minnesota and Atlanta.
3-10-14: The Bucks stayed home for this past week as they put up a 1-2 record. On Saturday, they hosted the Brooklyn Nets. Although Milwaukee fell by nine points that night, Ersan Ilyasova helped the Bucks bounce back on Monday. He scored a season-high 31 points in the Bucks’ 114-88 victory over the Utah Jazz. Zaza Pachulia also dished off five assists for just the third time this season. Unfortunately, the Bucks could not put together two wins in a row. On Wednesday, Brandon Knight scored a game-high 25 points along with six assists and five rebounds, but Milwaukee lost by 14 points.
3-3-14: The Bucks had an interesting week with regard to their opponents. They faced the Eastern Conference-best Indiana Pacers twice and the Atlantic Division-worse Philadelphia 76ers once. As expected, the Bucks lost both contests to the Pacers, but only by a combined 15 points. Even with Caron Butler out due to an ankle injury, Milwaukee scored 130 points on Monday in Philadelphia. It was the first time in more than a decade that the Bucks scored that many points in a road contest. O.J. Mayo was on fire that evening as he scored a team-high 25 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point distance.
2-24-14: Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Bucks’ lone participant during All-Star weekend. He took part in both the Rising Stars Challenge and the skills challenge. He came off the bench to score nine points on perfect shooting from the field on Friday and then teamed up with DeMar DeRozan the following night. After the All-Star game, Milwaukee continued its lengthy homestand. The Bucks hosted the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets this past week. Caron Butler scored a game-high 21 points en route to the four-point victory over the Magic on Tuesday. Butler moved into the starting lineup for Thursday’s contest, and the Bucks lost to the Nuggets by double digits. Milwaukee also traded Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrian.
2-18-14: Although the Bucks were able to stop their long losing streak with a win early in February, they have not won since. They played each of their three contests at home this past week, but fell to the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans. Although the Bucks were not victorious, there is one man who played well. Brandon Knight put together three consecutive games of at least 22 points for the first time in his career. However, the good news ended there as Larry Sanders underwent eye surgery and is now out at least six weeks.
2-10-14: I continue to be surprised that the Bucks have enough players for each of their games. Even with all of their injuries, they were able to handle their roster much than the Los Angeles Lakers did with theirs. Although Milwaukee only had one win this past week, the team did have a road-heavy schedule. The Bucks lost in Orlando, Memphis and Denver. However, they were victorious in their only home game. John Henson, O.J. Mayo and Ekpe Udoh were all out, but Brandon Knight was not. His 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to go helped the Bucks defeat the Knicks on Monday.
2-4-14: The Bucks have not only been plagued by injuries this season, but they now are being affected by the flu. As a result, they had another winless week. After losing Ekpe Udoh to an ankle sprain and dropping their Friday evening game to the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Bucks returned home for a three-game homestand. Brandon Knight scored a game-high 27 points on Saturday, but the Atlanta Hawks blew out Milwaukee. Then on Monday, the Bucks were without O.J. Mayo and Larry Sanders due to illness. Without two of their best players, Larry Drew’s team became just the third one this season to lose consecutive games by at least 25 points. Larry Sanders returned two days later with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Bucks’ nine-point loss to the Phoenix Suns.
1-27-14: After returning home from their quick road trip to Texas, the Bucks finally got their first victory of 2014. They were the final NBA team to win a game this January, and it took them 10 tries. It was impressive that Milwaukee beat the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday because the Bucks won without Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo, who were both out due to illness. Wednesday was Caron Butler bobblehead night, and he did not disappoint. Butler scored 30 points, which is his highest-scoring performance in an NBA game when coming off the bench. He will need to continue this success for the Bucks to get a few more wins.
1-20-14: It has been one ugly January for the Bucks, as they have begun the New Year by losing their first seven games of the month. They have not won since December 31 at the Staples Center. On the bright side, five of the Bucks’ losses during this most recent losing streak were against Western Conference opponents. In Milwaukee’s game on Monday in Toronto, it was Ersan Ilyasova’s night to shine. Although the Bucks lost by 22 points, the Turkish big man went off for a season-high 29 points as he shot 11-of-16 from the field.
1-7-14: The lottery-bound Bucks are searching for the players who will contribute to the roster in future years. However, one of those players is out for at least a few games. After the Bucks lost by 11 points to the Nets, John Henson had an MRI on his left ankle. He was one of Milwaukee’s bright spots before going down with the injury. The Bucks then lost by 22 points in Minnesota on Saturday, but Khris Middleton filled the stat sheet: 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Brandon Knight then exploded for a career-high 37 points in a 94-79 win over the Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday. Although the Bucks lost on Thursday at Utah, they still have more road wins this season than they do at home.
12-30-13: It sure has been an ugly season for a Bucks team that has been ravaged by injuries. With Milwaukee’s loss on Friday in Cleveland, Larry Drew’s squad suffered back-to-back overtime losses. The Bucks then traveled home and finally ended their five-game losing streak with a double-digit victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Khris Middleton, Caron Butler and Brandon Knight all topped 20 points in the win. Then on Monday in Charlotte, the Bucks lost yet another overtime game to push their record to 1-5 when playing more than 48 minutes. However, Brandon Knight did score 26 points and dish out 14 assists that night.
12-22-13: Over the last week, there were a couple of new injuries suffered by the already depleted 2013-14 Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova and Gary Neal both went down recently, and Milwaukee has been stuck on five wins for over a week. First, the Chicago Bulls avenged their loss from earlier in the week by defeating the Bucks by one point in Milwaukee on Friday. Larry Drew’s squad then traveled to Dallas to take on the Mavericks the next night and dropped that contest by 13 points. Then, although the Bucks received extended rest, they fell to the New York Knicks in overtime on Wednesday. Milwaukee is most likely a lottery team, but young players like Brandon Knight, John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo will be able to help usher in a new Bucks era.
12-13-13: Injuries to Larry Sanders, Caron Butler and Zaza Pachulia have severely hurt the Bucks rotation, but they still had two victories in the last week. Impressively, both of them were on the road. Led by Khris Middleton’s career-high 29 points, Milwaukee beat the Washington Wizards in overtime on Friday. After losing to the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks then defeated the Chicago Bulls. John Henson scored a season-high 25 points in that contest. Milwaukee finished the week with a 32-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but the Bucks still have two wins in the month of December after having just three in November.
12-6-13: It has not been easy for new head coach Larry Drew in Milwaukee. On Friday, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Bucks by 16 points to give them their 11th consecutive loss. That was their longest losing streak since 1996. However, O.J. Mayo led all scorers with 22 points on Saturday, and the Bucks got an important win over the Boston Celtics. John Henson also contributed his first double-double of the season. It was nice for the Bucks to taste victory, but they then lost each of their next two games. Milwaukee will struggle to put together many wins this season, but the team does have a strong nucleus of players that can help the Bucks in future years.
11-28-13: The Milwaukee Bucks have lost ten straight games, but a slow return to health for some of their core players is allowing them to stay competitive. Two of the last four games went to over time before the Bucks ran out of steam. The 2-12 Bucks have the second worst record in the league so far, but Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia are all back in the starting lineup, allowing a solid rotation to finally form – and allowing rookies Nate Wolters and Giannis Antetokounmpo to develop at a more reasonable pace, on the bench.
11-22-13: The winter malaise has already begun in Milwaukee as the once promising 2-2 start has turned into a six-game losing streak for the Bucks. The closest game during the losing streak was a three-point loss to the equally bad Orlando Magic. Ersan Ilyasova, Brandon Knight and LARRY SANDERS! have all missed significant time and the Bucks have regularly had to patch together lineups featuring the likes of Nate Wolters, Khris Middleton and Ekpe Udoh. Fun! At 2-8 on the year, there is little hope in Milwaukee until the young guns can get healthy.
11-15-13: The Bucks continue to be without Luke Ridnour and just when they got Brandon Knight back into the rotation, they lost Caron Butler to a shoulder injury. The lack of healthy bodies hasn’t allowed Milwaukee to play at their highest level, as they’ve three straight games in week three to sit at just 2-5 on the year.
11-8-13: Rookie point guard Nate Wolters has been thrust into major action in the early going of the 2013 season, thanks to injuries to Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour. Thanks to a balanced game and poise on the court, he’s helped the Bucks avoid a huge hole early. Milwaukee is a decent 2-2 through four games, while they’ve been in every game so far and could easily be 4-0. Relying on defense and team play on offense, the Bucks could continue to surprise once at full health.
11-1-13: New head coach Larry Drew hopes that the Bucks’ 1-5 preseason record is not a sign of things to come. The organization added Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and Caron Butler in the offseason to bolster the team’s offense. During the preseason, they picked up both the fourth-year contract option on Knight and third-year option on John Henson. Henson had a productive preseason as he scored 10 points per game and shot better than 55 percent from the field. He is ready for a season in which the Bucks are looking for their second consecutive playoff appearance.