Khris Middleton & Coach Budenholzer Sound Off After Fifth Straight Loss
The Milwaukee Bucks are searching for answers. Mark up their fifth straight loss, and their second in a row to the Toronto Raptors. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer spoke to members of the media after the game. Here’s what he had to say.
On the topic of the Raptor defence holding Milwaukee to a season-low 41 points at halftime:
Their activity, their length, their scrambling, lots of double teams and trapping, they were very active and we weren’t as good as we need offensively in the first half.
After the game, Raptor Head Coach Nick Nurse emphasized the game-plan of attacking the paint and kicking out to open shooters. Budenholzer complemented the Raptor players and their ability to find open shooters on the drive.
Their players, they’re determined to get into the paint, they put their head down and drive it, they make a lot of threes, they’re very good at what they do. It’s not just us, I think they lead the league in threes. VanVleet, he does a great job of getting into the paint whether its out of the pick and roll or the one-on-one, and then he mixes in enough makes where you feel like you gotta honour him at the three-point line so, yeah, they do a good job of creating threes.
Milwaukee had 15 turnovers on the night, leading to 24 points off of turnovers for the Raptors.
They swarmed the ball, I think we gotta do a better job of getting our guys into better spots, spacing better, move it maybe earlier, quicker, but you know they swarm it, you gotta move it, you gotta be ready to catch and shoot it or drive a closeout, and get to spacing again. I think as coaches we just gotta to a better job, put them in better spots.
Khris Middleton also took time after the game to address the media. On the Bucks’ struggles, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, here’s what Middleton had to say.
I think the best way to put it for us is that we’re tryna figure it out. That’s really all I could say about it.
With the Raptors employing a similar game-plan to get the win through the two games, the media asked Middleton about what was different between the two games versus Toronto.
I don’t think there was much of a difference between the two nights, I think I made the same mistakes and just wasn’t strong enough with the ball.
Lastly, Middleton spoke about how he can tell his teammates to help pick them up after a rough patch of games.
It’s a long season. We go through adversity like this, especially during the season, it’s great. I don’t think we’ve been in moments like this in the last couple years during the regular season. I think it’s definitely good, it’s gonna build character, it’s gonna make us better in the long run, so just telling them to keep on working, that we’re gonna figure this out as long as we keep trying to do the right things.