Season 23-24 NBA Kings 142：143 Bucks, how would you evaluate this game?
Analysis of the Bucks' Performance and Challenges
The Bucks' recent game showcased a “moment of glory,” but it didn’t address their biggest issue. One point of contention is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s elbowing of a Sacramento Kings player, which some argue should have been called a flagrant foul. Had it been called, the Kings might have won in regular time.
The game was tight, with coach Mike Brown of the Kings visibly frustrated. Despite their poor defense, the Bucks managed to catch up and even led by four points in the last 30 seconds of overtime.
The Kings can partly blame themselves for the loss. Key misses at the free-throw line by Monk and Fox gave Damian Lillard the chance to make a game-winning shot. There’s a question of whether this will change the perception of “the most incredible game-winner” that Lillard is known for.
The Bucks, despite their ability to win remarkable games like their significant victory over the Celtics, who struggled with shooting, lack a clear championship capability. Even with good shooting against the Kings, they nearly lost. Can the Bucks improve by aiming for a 60% three-point shooting rate?
In this game, the Bucks relied on Beasley, Payne, and Portis’s excellent performance from the three-point line, with four players scoring over 20 points, to narrowly secure a win. However, the Kings' Fox scored over 30 points despite not playing his best, and the team suffered from an elbow incident and coach Brown’s ejection due to dissatisfaction with the referees.
The Bucks are starting to resemble the previous Portland Trail Blazers. Even with Antetokounmpo on their side, the team seems to be overly dependent on Lillard’s performance. However, Lillard’s increasing ineffectiveness, especially his crucial mistake in overtime and poor defense, cannot be overshadowed by a single game-winning shot. In playoff-level games, opponents and coaches won’t provide chances for such last-minute heroics.
This game, seemingly dominated by the better-performing team, was almost lost to the underperforming Kings. The fact that Monk’s free-throw percentage was as low as Antetokounmpo’s is hard to believe, but it happened.
The Bucks and Lillard were fortunate to win this highly precarious game, with Lillard showcasing his rare leadership this season. Whether Lillard can continue to be the ultimate answer for the Bucks' offense and if he can regain his form following this game-winner remains to be seen. However, his performance in previous games has been less than stellar.
Wearing a watch, it’s Dame time!!!
Farewell to youth, draw the bow to its limit, fearless of time and wind.
Coach Li is awesome
The Bucks can now relax.
Lillard is here to do just that, something their team didn’t have before, someone who can step up for a lethal blow.
Despite the Bucks' noticeable defensive decline this year, they indeed have more options on the offensive end.
Don’t miss this exciting battle; I recommend everyone to watch the replay.
Although Curry is the undisputed king of three-pointers, when it comes to ultra-long-range threes, Cousin is the number one.
If we talk about buzzer-beating ultra-long-range threes, Cousin’s ability in this area ranks first in NBA history.
I didn’t watch the entire game, but I saw the last 9 seconds. Fox made one of two free throws, Lillard crossed half-court in 5 seconds, and then he hit a game-winning three-pointer!
Cousin is back, the Bucks can make a comeback!
The game-ending clutch shot by Lillard was quite impressive.
After Lillard joined the Bucks, the team’s performance has been mediocre, and many people feel it’s a bit of a letdown.
In my opinion, Lillard’s addition has both pros and cons. It lowers the floor but raises the ceiling. Previously, the Bucks relied on their team fundamentals, and their performance in crucial moments was average. There was no one to step up and solve problems, and Giannis rarely had standout plays, you could even say he had few standout plays.
Although Coach Lillard’s defense is not great, he is willing to take shots and play aggressively.
McBride made a crucial contribution at a key moment, but still fell short against Coach Lee’s magic watch.