Even though the Milwaukee Bucks lost their season opener 90-83 to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, there is still a lot to be proud about. There is no question the Bucks showed plenty of heart despite losing for almost the entire game.
Milwaukee was down 25 points at halftime. Instead of packing it in and calling it a game, the Bucks decided they would fight back. It certainly is a tall task to ask of a team with 10 new players, especially after they lost starting point guard Brandon Knight after just one minute and 44 seconds into the contest. The good news is rookie point guard Nate Wolters settled down in the second half and proved he is capable of playing the position well.
Fans were unsure how Milwaukee would fare in the opener against a very talented New York team. The one thing that is obvious is that there is plenty to work on.
There needs to be a focus on the 24 turnovers. The Bucks do not have the offensive capability to overcome such a horrendous performance in that department. Milwaukee also needs to improve their fast break points (10), which was an area of the team that head coach Larry Drew thought his players could excel at.
Thankfully, the Bucks made it an interesting game after what could have easily been a blowout. It was also great to see newcomers Gary Neal, Zaza Pachulia, O.J. Mayo and Caron Butler put forth great efforts. Not to mention, the bench scoring 54 points is something fans can get used to seeing.