The Milwaukee Bucks (35-22) finish the west coast road trip in disappointing fashion in a 131-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns (45-10) inside the Footprint Center in the rematch of the 2021 NBA Finals. Milwaukee finishes the road trip with a 3-1 record.
To add insult to the loss, Pat Connaughton left the game with a right fourth metacarpal fracture, which means he’ll be missing time. Brutal break (literally) for the Bucks, especially considering Milwaukee traded away Donte DiVincenzo earlier today. The averaged missed time for this type of injury to my understanding is three to four weeks. On the bright side, the All Star break is approaching.
I can’t imagine Jon Horst is done making moves with the Connaughton injury.
The Bucks played a good first 20 minutes to the game, but it was all Phoenix after that.
Milwaukee trailed 64-56 at halftime, but came out flat in the second half and never really threatened to get back in the game the rest of the way.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s streak of scoring 25 or more points is now over. The Greek Freak finished with 18 points on 5-of-14 from the field, while finishing with eight assists and seven rebounds.
Milwaukee had 18 assists to 35 for Phoenix. The Bucks had 14 turnovers which Phoenix turned into 22 points, while Phoenix only committed eight turnovers and the Bucks only scored 11 points on them.
The Bucks also didn’t have much resistance on the defensive end.
It was a frustrating finish to a mostly successful road trip.
The Milwaukee Bucks will welcome the Portland Trail Blazers (22-34) to the Fiserv Forum on Monday, February 14th. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM (Central Time).