The Milwaukee Bucks dropped a 124-126 decision to the Indiana Pacers in the 2023-2024 NBA regular season on Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Milwaukee was without Damian Lillard, who was acquired in a trade prior to the season, and faced an Indiana team that had been playing well of late.
The other pillar of the team’s offense, Khris Middleton, was also still not at full strength due to a knee injury, putting a heavy burden on the shoulders of Milwaukee’s ace, two-time regular season MVP Jahnis Adetokunbo.레모나토토 도메인
Although his team didn’t come away with the win, Adetokunbo showed why he’s a two-time MVP with a monster 54-point performance in 36 minutes. The 54 points were his second-most in a single game, behind his career-high 55 points against Washington on January 4.
Prior to this game, Adetokunbo was averaging 24.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in seven games. Those are good enough stat lines, sure, but they pale in comparison to the 31.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists he left behind last season.
On top of that, Milwaukee’s defensive woes with the departure of Jrue Holiday have been more pronounced than the offensive boost from Lillard’s arrival, and the team has consistently played below its pre-season expectations, failing to pull away in close games and blowing out opponents in close contests.
Still, when Adetokunbo is aggressively looking to score and Lillard is on fire from the perimeter in the same game, Milwaukee is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the league.
Milwaukee’s next opponent is Orlando, who they face on the road on December 12th. The time has come for Adetokunbo to sharpen his spear a little more.