Analyst questions Bucks' Doc Rivers decision post fourth loss.
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Analyst questions Bucks’ Doc Rivers decision post fourth loss.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the biggest teams in the Eastern Conference, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard leading an amazing roster of players. However, they have yet to find the ideal match for the team since firing Mike Budenholzer at the end of last season.

They’ve already had three coaches this season, with Doc Rivers taking over in January 2024. While his start has been auspicious, the 2021 NBA champions have struggled in their last four games.

The blame game has already begun on why the Bucks have been poor thus late in the season, with Rivers bearing the brunt of the blame. One analyst agrees with him so much that he openly questions the Bucks’ decision to hire a coach who failed to win with a superstar in Joel Embiid.

Analyst questions Milwaukee Bucks’ Doc Rivers hiring after abysmal performances

Garrett Carr of BroBible published a hit piece criticizing the Bucks’ decision to go with Rivers after he was sacked by the Philadelphia 76ers last summer.

Calling Rivers a “much-maligned” coach, he hammered the Bucks hard and questioned Rivers’ methods during the team’s four-game losing streak. While he admits that the New York Knicks are a difficult opponent for the Bucks, there was no justification for the Bucks to lose to the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards.

He included facts that make the hiring more difficult for Bucks fans:

Since the implementation of Doc Rivers, the team has grown to 15-17 members spanning a large sample size. Yes, they are still in second place in the Eastern Conference entering the last week of the season.
However, they are now only one game ahead of the Knicks and Orlando Magic, 1.5 ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and 2.5 ahead of the Pacers.

Antetokounmpo and Lillard are the Bucks’ leading scorers, with 30.7 and 24.5 points, respectively. Khris Middleton remains an inconsistent performer under Rivers.

Worse, there are no players on the roster who can step in if one of the three is injured, in foul trouble, or having a bad game. Rivers has not maximized the personnel on his roster, as evidenced by their loss to the Knicks.

Unless Rivers can turn things around and lead the Bucks to an unexpected title, his latest head coaching job is over.

 

 

 

 

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