The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up the eight-seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference now and should be preparing for the playoffs now. Instead, the Bucks are trending in the opposite direction than where they need to be, losing seven of their last 10 games. Even more troubling is the fact that one of their best players, Monta Ellis, is playing quite poorly as of late.
Ellis has had a decent year in his first full season with the Bucks, while still doing all of the things that make him who he is. For the year, Ellis has averaged a solid 19.2 points, six assists, 2.1 steals and 3.9 rebounds per game, but has also shot just 41.4 percent from the field and only 27.2 percent from three. That’s pretty indicative of Ellis: a high-volume shooter with nice stats, but paltry efficiency.
Over the last 10 games when the Bucks have been struggling, Ellis has been even worse, though. He has kept solid averages of 18.2 points, 8.5 assists, three assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. However, he’s averaged 3.8 turnovers per game and has shot only 37.6 percent from the field and only 31.7 percent from three. Even worse is that he’s been taking six threes per game, despite shooting such a poor percentage.
If the Bucks want to have any semblance of a chance against the Miami Heat, Ellis can’t play like he has over the last 10 games. Ellis is always going to be the player that takes a lot of shots, but the efficiency that he’s shown lately is too terrible, even for him. He needs to cut down on his threes and take smarter shots if he wants to truly have it all.