The Bucks have lost five of their last seven games, including four to teams unlikely to make the playoffs. More specifically, Milwaukee has lost to the Chicago Bulls TWICE AT HOME in the last 11 DAYS. That’s cause for alarm as the team slides down towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference at 17-15.
All this losing has come despite Giannis Antetokounmpo having an MVP-esque breakout season in which he’s solidified his name among Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis as one of the best up-and-comers. The Bucks are still without Jabari Parker, but all this losing is hard to swallow given the expectations the fanbase held before the season’s tip-off.
In his postgame press conference, Jason Kidd gave all the answers fans didn’t want to hear after his team’s 115-106 loss to the Bulls. He played defense.
Reporter: When you talk about being young, how do you get out of that phase of having that as something to lean on that you’re a young team and you’re still learning.
Kidd: We’re not leaning on it, it’s the truth. You guys can write that we’re a superteam and we’re really good and we have the Big 3. We’re a young team learning how to play the game at a high level with expectations that are a little bit too high. Understand that nobody in that locker room has ever won, so they’re learning how to win as a team. There’s gonna be tough nights like tonight where you’re gonna have to come out and give more energy on the defensive end. We just didn’t do that now.
It was also Kidd, though, who said at media day the team could earn close to 50 wins.
Bucks fans’ reactions to Kidd’s statements?
He's failing as a coach so she is trying to lower expectations. What a joke.— Jake Wojciechowski (@jake_wojo) December 27, 2017
Wtf kind of stupid response to the kilpatrick question is that? It’s like this is all a big joke to Kidd!! As long as he’s buddies with the owners, he’ll keep using the youth on this team as an excuse, which doesn’t fly with the fan base anymore!!— Adam Zippan (@AZip70) December 27, 2017
Expectations are too high? He had goals at beg of season- maybe another coach can meet his expectations that he set, not the media— KySweenz (@KySweenz) December 27, 2017
There's a whole lot wrong with this.....— Kyle Birling (@birlik54) December 27, 2017
Memphis fans, look away. This season has been too hard on you already.
Phoenix fans, hello. Please watch Dragan Bender toss a perfectly placed ball to Tyson Chandler for the win.
The Raptors were first in the East for one day
But then they blew it.
They were two games back in the loss column to the Celtics after Boston lost on Monday night to Washington, but the Raptors let their first place spot slip away after a disappointing 98-93 loss to the lowly Dallas Mavericks. They were held to 16 points in the fourth quarter and their offense just didn’t seem to work. It doesn’t make sense for a team this good to have this type of lapse, but it happened.
They’ve changed things up, they move the ball more, they defend and look like a great team. But does it matter if they collapse in their big moments? It’s only December, so this game isn’t that important. But it definitely doesn’t get rid of the questions surrounding the Raptors and how they function under pressure.
Speaking of the East’s standings
There are only four games separating the East’s No. 4 seed and the 10 seed after the Pistons’ win on Tuesday night.
This conference used to be the absolute worst thing about basketball — now it’s not so bad.
The East still has some pretty low points (sorry Hawks fans). But they aren’t the dumpster fire most thought they’d be considering the superstar talent that left.
Long live the East.
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