By: Aron Yohannes
Milwaukee faced the Charlotte Bobcats at home on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center having won their last 10 games against them at home. That streak ended, and ended ugly. So ugly, that Larry Drew announced after the game that he will be making a starting lineup change. It’s unclear what those changes will be, but Drew was certainly in his most frustrated mood of the season so far. “I really thought tonight after last night’s loss this team would come out with some energy, they would play with passion, and they did not do that. And I told the guys after the game, there will be changes in our starting lineup. We definitely owe the fans a big apology, we totally let this city down tonight.”
Changes very much so might be needed for this Bucks lineup. The starters in Saturday’s game accumulated only 18 total points and were outscored by Khris Middleton, who came off the bench. Milwaukee was forced to shoot a measly 35% in this game and managed to turn the ball over 15 times in the process as well. Kemba Walker said, “We really locked in. Our defense has been pretty good thus far and we got to continue it.” Josh McRoberts and Al Jefferson both were able to control Milwaukee’s big men in the paint tonight. The Bucks also got killed inside the paint by a difference of 20 and Jefferson dropped in 19 on the night. Fast break points were also an issue, being outscored by 16.
I’m unsure of what the next starting lineup for the Bucks will look like, but I think it’s safe to say that Brandon Knight will likely be included in it now that he’s healthy. I’m expecting the starters to change expect for Ersan Ilyasova and maybe, just maybe, John Henson could finally be bolstered in for a bigger role along with Middleton too. When Drew does indeed change his lineup, it will be the Bucks' 10th different one in 13 games this season. We all know the Bucks aren't very good right now, but they can still go out and compete in games like they did on Friday in Philadelphia. A lineup change won't make that huge of a difference to me if they can't execute and shoot the ball better compared to how they've done so far. Milwaukee scored their fewest amount of points in a game this season on Saturday (72) and shot in the 30's for fourth time this season. Maybe this change will bring a spark to this team and get that losing streak monkey off of their back.
Charlotte’s win snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Bucks on the road. On the flip side, Milwaukee’s losing skid continues to eight consecutive games as they get ready to face Brandon Jennings in Detroit on Monday. Yeah, I do have huge expectations for this game because of Jennings facing his old team but I'll save most of those emotions for when he comes back to Milwaukee on December 4th. Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton will be facing their former teams in the game also, so hey, don't forget about them!
The Bucks’ next home game will be this Wednesday against the Wizards (5-8) before they go on the road and face Charlotte again on Friday, and then come back home on Saturday against the Celtics (5-10).