The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA. They have a stacked roster, the reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, and a veteran coach, yet no one seems to be taking them seriously right now.
It seems like it's always the same story with them. They have a cakewalk in the regular season and finish with the top seed in the Eastern Conference - despite losing to top-tier teams - and then struggle in the postseason.
That's why some people felt like they were in the spotlight this season, especially after trading for Jrue Holiday and signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a massive contract extension. Khris Middleton, however, doesn't feel like they have anything to prove during the regular season:
“There’s nothing to prove really in the regular season. For us, it’s all about the postseason," Middleton said following their loss to the Lakers, according to La Crosse Tribune.
Middleton went on to elaborate and talk about his team's struggles from time to time. It seems like they tend to get lost during stretches and that's hurting their chances when they face off vs. top-notch teams:
“I think it just comes down to halfcourt execution. That’s where we’ve got to be better at. Every time a team makes a run, we’re not very good in the halfcourt. We’re sloppy, turnovers, or just missed shots. Gotta find a way to stop that. Whether that’s getting to the free-throw line, getting an easy layup, easy shot, something. We just gotta be better in that area I think," he concluded.
There's still plenty of time and the Bucks have enough talent to figure things out. Hopefully, this will be the year they'll finally step up when it matters the most and put an end to their NBA Finals drought.