The Milwaukee Bucks are 1-2 after their first three games. Truth be told, they are lucky to have the one win after playing from behind in every contest. It is quite clear the Bucks have enough potential to do some serious damage in the Eastern Conference once they are healthy, and chemistry is built up a little bit. With that being said, what is one thing Milwaukee must improve immediately in order to win more games?
“We’ve got to gang rebound to help our bigs, especially when you have athletes like Toronto has,” Bucks shooting guard O.J. Mayo said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They really tore us up on the glass.”
Anyone who has watched the Bucks this season can see plain as day that they are getting outrebounded in every game. More importantly, the players are struggling to block opponents out when the ball is on the glass. The New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors simply have gotten way too many second chance points for that reason.
Through three games, Milwaukee ranks 28th in the league with an average of 36.7 rebounds per game. They have been outrebounded 146-110, which includes 60-38 against Toronto on Saturday night. Obviously, the Bucks must do better in this area if they want to be taken seriously.
In my opinion, there is no question the lack of rebounding is the main reason the Bucks did not beat the Knicks or Raptors. I understand injuries have taken a huge toll on the team, but not rebounding well is really hurting Milwaukee’s chances.