The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 27.1 percent from beyond the arc in three consecutive losses. In order to get back on the right track, the Bucks are going to need to be effective from 3-point range once again.
In Milwaukee’s 104-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday afternoon, five players combined to shoot 23.8 percent from 3-point range. This was one of several reasons why the Bucks failed to be victorious in a critical game that could have given them the momentum they desperately need.
If it were not for Monta Ellis making three out of four baskets from beyond the arc, Milwaukee would have shot 11.7 percent. The fact that Ellis is only making 27.2 percent of his 3-point shots this season makes it even more frustrating considering he had to step up when that is not really his style of play.
J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy Jr. are the sharpshooters on the team. They are the ones that must make shots from distance in order to draw the defense out so Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders can go to work in the middle. However, when they shoot a combined 1-for-8 in a critical matchup, it is hard for the rest of the team to play at a high level.
The Bucks were even worse at shooting 3-pointers in Friday’s 102-78 blowout at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. It was another big game Milwaukee really needed to win, but certain players failed to show up. The Bucks went 3-for-19 from beyond the arc, with Brandon Jennings going 0-for-7.
It is a very realistic possibility that the pressure is starting to get to Milwaukee. With only 13 regular season games left on the schedule, the Bucks have very little time to climb out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference standings. This most certainly could be a direct result of trying to overcompensate during games instead of playing to their strengths.
I am all for Milwaukee taking numerous attempts from long range because the Bucks have several players that are capable of making a high percentage of their shots. Hopefully, the team can end the drought and get back to their winning ways down the stretch so that they do not have to face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.