Week In Review: Bucks’ weaknesses exposed, still break even

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Jan 6, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless (19) and Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) chase a loose ball in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks have played 39 games so far this season and the team has already exceeded expectations.  Milwaukee has a 20-19 record and has impressed everyone following the team.

That being said, the Bucks have had two glaring weaknesses since the start of the season; turnovers and controlling opposing big men.  We saw those weaknesses first hand this past week despite Milwaukee going 2-2.

In the first three games this week, Milwaukee had 17, 24, and 22 turnovers and still managed to go 2-1 in that stretch.  Wonder how that happened?  Their two wins were against the 7-29 76ers and the 5-31 Timberwolves.  Everyone, including coach Jason Kidd, knows that Milwaukee will have to address the turnover issue if they want to make noise in more meaningful games later this year.

The other weakness I have been watching all year has been Milwaukee’s inability to control big men.  The Bucks have struggled with keeping skilled big men in check for most of the year.  The list of centers or power forwards who have had great games against Milwaukee so far this year is quite long.

That list consists of, but is not limited to, Andre Drummond, Brook Lopez, Zach Randolph, Jonas Valanciunas, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, and now Pau Gasol.

Gasol had a career-high 46 points and added 18 rebounds against Milwaukee Saturday night.

Despite the 2-2 record this week, there have been some consistent weaknesses Milwaukee needs to address.

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