The Milwaukee Bucks appeared to be on their way to at least giving the Memphis Grizzlies a tough fight Thursday night after defeating the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. However, the exact opposite occurred, as Ja Morant and the Grizzlies handed the Bucks a heartbreaking defeat of 142-101 in a contest that was all but over before the final buzzer even sounded.
Following the game, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded precise like you might anticipate a head coach of a club that had just been thoroughly beaten to sound.
“We were simply comprehensively thrashed in every sense of the word. We must take responsibility for it, Budenholzer said during the postgame press conference, according to Bally Sports Wisconsin.
Both ends of the court were dominated by the Bucks. They only hit 37.2 percent of their field goal attempts, compared to Memphis’ 21 more made field goals on a 54.9 percent shooting clip.
Milwaukee made numerous attempts to cut the deficit by shooting threes, but their efforts only made their shooting splits even worse, with the club making only 13 of their first 50 attempts from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies grabbed 56 rebounds to only 39 for the Bucks, who were completely outworked on the glass.
Giannis Antetokounmpo only scored 19 points for the Bucks on that particular night. Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis, however, was a bright spot as he scored 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. No other starter scored more than nine points besides Antetokounmpo. The Bucks will refocus and try to resume their winning ways against the Utah Jazz at home on Saturday.