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Update : Doc Rivers Happy About Bucks' Debut Loss

Published January 30, 2024 at 2:12 PM

In Doc Rivers' coaching debut with the Milwaukee Bucks, they fell short on the road against the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets, losing 113-107. Giannis Antetokounmpo led with 29 points, but despite double-digit contributions from Brook Lopez, Damian Lillard, and Khris Middleton, the Bucks struggled offensively.

«Our half-court defense was excellent, We fought tonight. I thought tonight was an offensive loss. I didn't think we were crisp offensively. We had stretches where the ball was humming and hopping, and then we had stretches where it didn't. And those stretches we have to clean up. But overall, I was very happy.»

Rivers said.

Monday's loss reflected a defensive shift for the Bucks, departing from Adrian Griffin's emphasis on offense. Despite initial challenges, Rivers expressed optimism about offensive adjustments, particularly targeting improved performance from the Antetokounmpo-Lillard duo. The coaching transition poses challenges, acknowledged by Rivers, who values the team's veteran status in adapting to new strategies.

Doc Rivers' coaching approach often leans heavily on star players, particularly in crunch time. In the recent game, we observed a focus on Giannis Antetokounmpo driving into the paint for the final plays instead of opting for a 3-point shot from Damian Lillard. We anticipate more strategic plays tailored to Milwaukee's player strengths, but there's a lingering reputation for Doc to heavily rely on his star players.

Source : The Athletic
January 30   |   33 answers
Update : Doc Rivers Happy About Bucks' Debut Loss

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