Bucks take compliments from Warriors, then completely overwhelm them

Bucks take compliments from Warriors, then completely overwhelm them
Stephen Curry leaves Bucks-Warriors game with adductor strain
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) reacts after being called for a foul while playing the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) loses control of the ball and is picked up by Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton (22) during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) is called for fouling Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) while driving to the basket during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Bucks cruised to a 134-111 win behind a big game from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists and didnt play the fourth quarter of the blowout win.

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) is called for fouling Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) while driving to the basket during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Curry walked to the locker room after checking out of the game in the third quarter prior to the confirmation of his adductor strain.

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) shoots and makes a basket over Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Steph wont return with a left adductor strain which may have happened on this play. pic.twitter.com/gf3zmeTll0

Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) drives past Golden State Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie (28) during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) is fouled by Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Klay Thompson led Golden State in scoring with 24 points, and Kevin Durant added 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Stephen Curry (10 points) left the game late in the third quarter because of a left adductor strain, while Draymond Green (toe) did not play.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) attempts to dribbles past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe (6) during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Warriors vs. Bucks, final score: Golden State loses, 134-111

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) gestures after a basket while playing the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Milwaukee Bucks snapped the Golden State Warriors eight-game winning streak with a 134-111 blowout victory on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) looks to pass the ball against Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell (21) during the first quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Lets see. Theyre 10-1, their only loss of the season came by two points to the equally scary Denver Nuggets and seem poised for another championship season. Theyre also fresh off a 117-101 whooping of the Memphis Grizzlies. One interesting wrinkle is that their typically frequent 3-point shooters are actually finding a fair share of jumpers inside the arc. Per Cleaning The Glass, the Warriors rank just 14th in terms of frequency of 3-point shots, whereas they rank sixth in terms of midrange jumpers. Unfortunately, theyre first in terms of 3-point FG% and third from midrange. With Milwaukee forcing opponents into that typically inefficient zone, tonight will be an intriguing measuring stick of Buds defensive gambit.

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr makes a face while playing the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Milwaukees road trip started off with a slight detour to the losing column in Portland. C.J. McCollum going off for 40 is going to make it tough for anyone to pull out a victory, but the Bucks found themselves in their first loss that didnt come down to the wire. The Blazers won a little differently than the Celtics did, as Portland hit just one more triple than Milwaukee. Instead, the Blazers scored a ludicrous 32 points from midrange to Milwaukees two. Ill take that math any day of the week. Well see how they hold up against Golden State tonight.

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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob shows his frustration as his team trails the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Share Share Bucks vs. Warriors Preview: You Come At The King, You Best Hope They Miss Shots tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors have had their fair share of tussles over the years. Theyll start anew tonight though with Milwaukee finally fielding a competent coach to combat Steve Kerr.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) smiles while on the court playing against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Hell likely be tasked with trying to pound his way through screens to stop Stephen Curry from going off tonight. In addition, hes coming off a tough 2-12 performance up in Portland. Expect him to try and attack the basket tonight with Draymond out of the lineup. His more important job remains on the defensive end though.

Golden State Warriors' Quinn Cook (4) guards the ball during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group)

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) chews on his mouthpiece while playing the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of their NBA game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Former NBA player Kevin Garnett watches Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) warm up before their NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Giannis Antetokounmpo feasted on whomever the Warriors threw at him, and the Greek Freak finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 26 minutes of play. He shot 7-16 from the floor, and lived at the charity stripe where he knocked down 10-of-11 free throws. He was in attack mode all night and the refs rewarded his aggressiveness with some foul calls.

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Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) warms up before their NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Pat Connaughton was not about to be outdone, though. He came out of nowhere to drop 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and provided the Bucks with some huge minutes off the bench. He played a crucial part in Milwaukee stretching their lead before the half, and he did it on both ends of the floor. Welcome to the Planet Pat show, ladies and gentlemen.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) jumps up while warming up before their NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors were led by Klay Thompson who poured in 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, but he finished minus-28 tonight. Kevin Durant, also finished minus-28 while only scoring 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Point guard Stephen Curry left in the second half with a left adductor strain, and did not return.

Former NBA players Kevin Garnett and Baron Davis stand court side as the Golden State Warriors take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Share Share Rapid Recap: Bucks 134, Warriors 111 tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Milwaukee Bucks got contributions from up and down the roster in their 134-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena.

Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova (8) laughs while sitting on the bench before their NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

84: The Milwaukee Bucks scored 84 points in the paint, compared to only 34 for the Golden State Warriors. Thatll do Bucks, thatll do.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) warms up before their NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

It seems well established that either Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant would be the best Warriors candidates to win regular-season MVP. Presuming the Warriors win their fourth Finals appearance in the past five years, the nod will likely go either to Curry or Durant.

But as the Warriors experienced in their 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena, no one can fully replace the unique qualities that make Green such a valuable All-Star on a team full of them. After all, the Warriors had their first home loss of the season in what marked their worst defeat of the year tracing back to a 20-point blowout to Oklahoma City on Feb. 6.

Were used to playing a certain style with Draymond, Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. Its free flowing and the ball is zipping around.

The Warriors (10-2) were not zipping the ball around against the Bucks (9-2). They were either throwing it away (18 turnovers) or allowing the Bucks to score anytime they wanted to in the paint (84 points).

With Green sidelined with a sprained right toe and foot, the Warriors lacked a versatile, physical and intense defender to defend Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. He finished with 24 points, while going 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Still, Warriors coach Steve Kerr refused to pin this on Green sitting on the bench in street clothes.

I dont think tonight had to do with Draymond honestly. It had to do with our overall focus, Kerr said. Obviously Draymond gives us everything he does. But when you come out with a mindless intent and youre fouling…

The Warriors started second-year forward Jordan Bell, and he collected a foul 42 seconds into the game. Warriors guard Stephen Curry then heard a whistle at the 10:56 mark. Less than a minute later, Warriors forward Kevin Durant heard the same thing. And 11 seconds later, Thompson was called for one.

Add it all up, the Warriors collected 22 fouls and the Bucks went 21-of-27 from the free-throw line. Plenty of the calls prompted the Warriors to feel frustrated, a season-long trend on officials blowing whistles over the leagues emphasis on watching physical play on screens and post-ups with a critical eye.

You got to put your hands out because you cant touch them. You put your hands out and take it with the chest, I guess, Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko lamented. You guys watch it. Theres a lot of free throws. I guess we got to change the way we play defense.

The Warriors are mindful of that point. But they also believe that Bell (four) and Damian Jones (two) do not follow the verticality rule enough that involves putting their hands up straight in the air. As he sat on the podium, Kerr demonstrated how all of his players should defend.

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We have to be focused in order to not foul, Kerr said. The thing we teach all the time is you have to show your hands. If you use your hands in the NBA these days, youre done. Its an automatic foul. Youre done. We have multiple reaches right away. Were just reaching and slapping.

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Early in the second quarter, Antetokounmpo plowed his way past Alonzo McKinnie for a two-handed dunk. Warriors forward Kevon Looney contested Antetokounmpo inside and from the perimeter on the last two possessions in the first half, but he also became overwhelmed at other times with the whistles and Antetokounmpos 6-foot-11, 242-pound frame.

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On other plays, Antetokounmpo swiped the ball away from Curry,  Thompson and Durant (six turnovers). Antetokounmpo drove to the rack almost anytime he wanted.

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Curry had 10 points on only a 5-of-14 clip and 0-of-4 mark from 3-point range in marked the second consecutive game he shot below 35 percent from the field. He then missed the entire fourth quarter because of a left abductor strain (more details here).

Durant had 17 points on only 6-of-15 shooting, while committing six turnovers. That marked a stark contrast from his season average when he averaged 27.7 points on 56.5 percent shooting. It only marks the second game this season Durant shot below 50 percent from the field.

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The Warriors received some help from Thompson, who had a team-leading 24 points while going 9-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from 3-point range. As for their bench, though? Different story. Jerebko and McKinnie shot a combined 1-of-11 from the perimeter.

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None of those numbers caught Thompsons eye, though. He remained focus on the poor plus-minus ratings for himself (-28), Curry (-26) and Durant (-28), which measures a players on-court impact through varying lineup combinations.

Theyre a pretty long team because of Giannis. But they did a pretty good job loading up, especially to myself driving to the rim on Steph and especially on the pindowns on Klay, Durant said. I felt like they were selling out just to guard certain actions and leaving some guys open. We had to be smarter in those situations.

Meanwhile, the Warriors had no solutions on stopping most of Antetokounmpos teammates. The Bucks Eric Bledsoe (26 points), Malcolm Brogdon (20) and Khris Middleton (17) all cracked double figures. Kerr called timeout three separate times after the Warriors failed to get back on transition defense. Thompson altered Antetokounmpos layup attempt on one of those plays, but no one else got back on defense to contest his putback dunk.

The Warriors tried cleaning up that mess with their customary third-quarter surge. They opened the second half with five unanswered points, but then they had three possessions that Kerr called a disaster. Curry lost the ball after a poor pass. Jones missed a layup. Brogdon had an open layup. And following Currys 19-foot miss, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk in transition. The Warriors never recovered. Kerr then emptied his bench to open the fourth quarter, and responded with a 12-5 run. But the Warriors ran out of time.

Our energy was low. Were hanging our heads, Kerr said. We werent boxing out and getting beat back door. We got beat pretty much which way we could.

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This could have marked the opportunity Bell needed to spark his confidence and play. Instead, Bell showed why Kerr has given him sporadic minutes off the bench.

After opening the game with a driving bank shot, Bell committed a foul on Antetokounmpo only 42 seconds into the game. Bell then collected another foul at the 7:14 mark.

Its very hard. Hes so long and athletic, Bell said of Antetokounmpo. You just kind of panic. Thats why I got my two quick first fouls.

We wouldve preferred he could stay out there and play without fouling. But it wasnt just him, Kerr said. The whole team was reaching. I thought it set a tone.

Bell finished with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. If not for his early foul trouble, though, Bell likely would have received more playing time.

It has been a tough season so far for Bell, who has experienced two healthy scratches and has played behind Kevon Looney because Kerr considers Looneys decision making and preparation as vastly more consistent than Bells. He has averaged 12.5 minutes per game, a decrease from the 14.2 minutes he logged as a rookie.

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Its life. Life is going to be up and down, Bell said. You just have to deal with it and always be ready.

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We just want to win every game, Thompson said. Its unrealistic. But you play to win. Were usually great at home. Tonight was one of those rare nights we werent.

It sure was. The Warriors opened the 2018-19 season winning their first six home games. They defeated opponents by an average of 15.5 points per night. Those included marquee wins against Oklahoma City, Memphis and New Orleans.

Against the Bucks? The Warriors conceded they both lacked the necessary effort and execution against a team that could become a legitimate Eastern Conference threat.

Sometimes you have to get hit in the mouth in this league to remind you how hard it is to win a game, Kerr said.

Im not too worried about it, Jerebko said. Sometimes you need your ass kicked sometimes. Well bounce back from this.


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