The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors again tonight, 110-96, to fall to 16-13 on the season. The Bucks have now lost five games in a row.
This is not a write up on the recap of the game. Instead, this is about the team going forward in the 2020-21 season.
Khris Middleton, who I hated last year, has been much better this year (still not close to be worth a max contract). But Middleton has been a good No. 3 option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday this year.
The guy the Bucks cannot live without is Jrue Holiday.
Holiday has been out the last five or six games, and Khris Middleton has been a complete no-show.
We saw it last year in the playoffs. Middleton can’t handle the pressure of being the No. 2 option behind Giannis (which he is with Holiday out).
The Milwaukee Bucks will make the playoffs, so let’s fast forward to the playoffs real quick.
Let’s say Holiday is healthy (and covid free), because if he’s not, Bucks are a first round playoff exit waiting to happen. But assuming he’s healthy they will have to get by the following teams and it will come to this:
Philadelphia: I’m not really worried about them (76ers) because one of the few coaches that is worse when the playoffs come than Mike Budenholzer is Doc Rivers.
Boston: Budenholzer is in trouble here. He will get out-coached, but I hate the chemistry on the Celtics. Tatum is the big problem for the Celtics because of his terrible shot selection and Brown isn’t much better (although he has been great this year so far). Boston can’t guard the Greek Freak and so the Bucks have a shot.
Brooklyn: Here is the Bucks problem: the only way you beat them is to have a coaching staff that puts a fairly complex game plan together (somebody will, the Nets won’t win the championship), that makes Harden score 40 points to beat you. Kyrie won’t be able to handle that he is the No. 3 option and he will eliminate his own team. Unfortunately for the Bucks and Bucks fans, Milwaukee has Mike Budenholzer.
I put Mike Budenholzer in the same category as Mike D’Antoni. They are the best at getting their team to go from 30 wins to 50 wins. But after that…..
And whoever gets to the Finals, I unfortunately don’t see the Lakers losing.