The Milwaukee Bucks were short-handed coming into their matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. The Bucks were without Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo due to illness and Ekpe Udoh because of an ankle injury. That’s a caveat that’s necessary, but doesn’t excuse the poor performance that they put forth against the Clips.
Milwaukee continued to overtly be the worst team in the NBA this season, losing by 28 to the Clippers, even after L.A. sat their starters for a good portion of the game. The Bucks let the Clippers hit 54.4 percent of their shots in the game while the Bucks hit only 38.2 percent of their field goal attempts and went just 4-22 from three.
The Bucks have clearly been the worst offense in the league this season, averaging a meager 95.5 points per 100 possessions. That rate in offensive efficiency is the worst by two points per 100 possessions to the 29th ranked offense in the league.
What makes this game against the Clippers even worse, though, is the fact that Los Angeles’ defense lately has been quite lackluster. While giving up only 101.6 points per 100 possessions defensive this season, the Clippers have been conceding 104.5 points per 100 possessions in their 14 games in January.
The Bucks, like I said, are clearly the worst team in basketball right now. Whether it’s offense, defense, or even just getting along in the locker room, this team hasn’t been able to get anything right this season. Looking at them, that’s probably not going to change. At this point, though, the Bucks are probably watching a lot of college basketball and thinking about the 2014 NBA Draft.