The Milwaukee Bucks weekly recap for games from last week:
October 30th, 2016: Bucks 83 Pistons 98
The Bucks started the week in Detroit. The team struggled against the Pistons, a team they will see three more times this season. Giannis led the team with 17 points, followed by Jabari's 13. Antetokounmpo missed a triple double by 2 rebounds and 2 assists each but overall played a good game. As a whole, the team struggled in shooting. The team shot 39.1% from the field (34-87), and the 3 point struggles continued. The Bucks shot 23.5% (4/17) from 3 point land, with 2 of the 4 makes coming from Matthew Dellavedova. The Bucks could not stop Piston center Andre Drummond, who had 20 points and 23 rebounds. In fact, Milwaukee could not stop the Pistons rebounding in general, as they were out-rebounded 58-40.
November 1st, 2016: Bucks 117 Pelicans 113
Milwaukee ended their road trip in The Big Easy with a win. The young duo of Giannis and Jabari both went over 20 (24 and 21 respectively). Defensively, the challenge of Anthony Davis proved difficult, as AD went for 35 points and 15 rebounds. Tim Frazier of the Pelicans also scored 20 points. The Bucks played a great game on offense. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points, and Michael Beasley scored 12. Monroe provided solid rebounding with 11 boards. The Bucks shooting came out of nowhere. To compliment 48.4% shooting from the field, Milwaukee made 10 3 pointers out of their 32 attempts, good enough for 31.3%. While not Golden State numbers, the attempts, and makes are rare sights with the Bucks team. Milwaukee also shot an efficient 90.5% from the free throw line.
November 3rd, 2016: Pacers 107 Bucks 125
If you are a Bucks fan, you enjoyed this game. Giannis and Jabari both scored 27 points, and one of the Freak's 9 assists was a lob to Miles Plumlee. Defensively, the Bucks were able to handle Paul George. PG13 scored 23, but did not have any major impact aside from points. He also had 6 turnovers. The Bucks shooting was absolutely phenomenal. They shot 58% (47-81) from the field, and were incredible from deep. The Bucks, the team that was dead last in 3 point shooting last season, shot 44.4% (12-27) from deep. The highlight of the night was not the shooting or Giannis and Jabari going off. The best part of the night came from rookie Thon Maker. Thon got his first minutes in the Bradley Center, and he made them count. His first shot attempt was a three, and he made it. On the next possession for Milwaukee, Thon got the ball again and shot a three again. The crowd erupted for Thon, and the young and enthusiastic Bucks team went crazy. This sequence and this game showed the future is bright.
November 5th, 2016: Kings 91 Bucks 117
The Bucks kept the winning streak alive against Sacramento. They kept Demarcus Cousins in check, holding him to 15 points. ?It was clear the Bucks wanted to top their performance against Indiana, and it can be argued they did. The numbers were impressive again. 6 Bucks scored 10 or more points, Giannis was 2 rebounds and 2 assists shy of a triple-double again, Jabari had 19, and Mirza had 22. The Bucks shot a perfect 50.0% (41-82) from the field, and 42.4% from 3 point land. The numbers are impressive, but the way they came is even more impressive. Mirza Teletovic made 5 straight threes and finished at 7-9 shooting. All of his shots were threes. The Bucks played well against an opponent they should beat, which has not always been the case.
The Bucks are sitting at 4-2 at the time this article was written. Over the past 3 games, the Bucks have made 36 threes. For a team that has struggled with outside scoring, this burst is promising. The Bucks open the week at Dallas on Sunday.