Apr 9, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
It’s been a wild couple of weeks for the Milwaukee Bucks filled with highs and lows on and off the court.
The Bucks’ road swing out west looked to have been promising before ending on an uneven note, staying consistent with their 2020-21 season overall. They’ve also been without key players as of late, whether it’s been the ongoing absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo or the newly acquired P.J. Tucker.
On the other hand, all Bucks fans breatehd a sigh of relief when Jrue Holiday signed his four-year extension last week to secure his stay in Milwaukee for the foreseeable future. And we continue to see the flashes of the team the Bucks hope to be when it matters most when near or at full strength.
With all of that in mind, let’s look at some rising and falling trends for the Milwaukee Bucks from the last two weeks.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ rebounding dominance has taken a turn this season
While the Bucks rank second in the league in averaging 48 total rebounds per game, their production in that department has slipped as of late.
As BTBP co-site expert Jordan Treske recently touched on, the Bucks’ struggles to keep their opponents off the glass and subsequently feast on second chance points was a featured all throughout their recently concluded road trip.
Milwaukee let up a season-high 25 second chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds in their loss to the L.A. Clippers nearly two weeks ago. They followed that up by allowing 20 second chance points on 11 offensive rebounds in their win over the Los Angeles Lakers two nights later.
Allowing double-digit offensive rebounds was a feature all throughout their road trip against Western Conference opponents and it all proved to be a snapshot in their drop-off on the boards, especially after setting a historic marks in the last two seasons.
Per NBA.com/stats, the Bucks now rank eighth in the league with their 74.9 defensive rebounding percentage, down from the 77.5 defensive rebounding percentage they posted last season.
While the Bucks have made a concerted effort to change their overall approach on the defensive end, it has left them searching for their rebounding peak as a result.