Milwaukee Bucks suffer a throwback loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

Brandon Jennings

By Jake McCormick

In elections, a small sample size of voters leads to accurate early projections. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for early scoring runs in NBA games.

If the first six minutes of the Milwaukee Bucks 90-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers had decided the game, Milwaukee would’ve won by triple digits. But in the next 42 minutes, the Blazers methodically outshot, out-rebounded, and out-hustled the Bucks, dropping last season’s Cinderella favorite to 1-3 as they head to Boston on Wednesday.

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Seven Bucks finish in double figures against a bad defense. But I’ll take it.

Roko

By Jake McCormick

It would be way too easy to kick the Toronto Raptors while they’re down by making a clichéd joke about their nonexistent defense. But when a team like the Milwaukee Bucks crossover 100 points halfway through the fourth quarter and start slacking defensively because they’re that confident in their chances of a basket, it’s almost necessary. With a 77% field goal percentage in the fourth and a 53% clip overall, it’s inevitable.

The Toronto Raptors play defense with less frequency than hearing a good joke from Jeff Dunham. Even with seven players in double figures for points, it was no more apparent than in the play of reserve Roko Ukic, who was part of the trade with the Raptors that brought in Carlos Delfino. Overall, the entire offense was clicking no matter who set foor on the floor (a lot of the time without Andrew Bogut, too).

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