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NBA | Feb 16

Bucks Are Now 3-7 Under Doc Rivers, Was He the Right Choice?

The Bucks Lost on Thursday 113-110 vs the Grizzlies After Yet Another Game of Miscommunication

Bucks Are Now 3-7 Under Doc Rivers, Was He the Right Choice?
Bucks Are Now 3-7 Under Doc Rivers, Was He the Right Choice?

When Will It Get Better?

Adapting to a new team mid-season is no small feat…

The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a roller coaster ride this season. After starting off strong under Adrian Griffin, they made a surprising coaching switch to Doc Rivers. Since then, the Bucks have hit a bit of a rough patch, going 3-7 in their NBA games under Rivers as their head coach. This has left fans and analysts scratching their heads, wondering if Rivers is the right man for the job.

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Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty. Under Griffin, the Bucks were cruising with a 30-13 record, sitting pretty as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. But then came the shocker that made NBA news headlines – Adrian Griffin was shown the door, and Rivers stepped in. Since then, the Bucks have struggled to find their groove, with some questioning whether Rivers’ coaching style meshes well with the team’s dynamics.


One of the most glaring issues has been the team’s inability to hold onto leads. During Rivers’ tenure as Bucks head coach, they have blown multiple double-digit leads, a trend that’s raising eyebrows.

Thursday’s 113-110 road loss against a weak Memphis Grizzlies team that has been plagued by injuries all season long, was a prime example of their awful displays since Rivers took over as their head coach.


The Bucks, with stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, couldn’t capitalize against a Grizzlies squad missing key players like Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.

In this game, the Bucks cut a nine-point deficit to just three with a minute to play, and then, a miscommunication between Lillard and Brook Lopez on the final play summed up the Bucks’ struggles under Rivers.

Lopez tried to set a screen at half-court for Lillard but he accidentally blocked him and the ball got loose, which led to a chaotic last-second attempt from Dame that fell short, handing the Grizzlies a narrow victory. Rivers expressed frustration with his team’s effort, hinting that some players might have been too focused on the All-Star break.

“We had some guys here and some guys in Cabo,” Rivers told reporters after the game.


Despite the recent hiccups, the Bucks still boast an impressive roster led by Antetokounmpo and Lillard, who are both having All-Star caliber seasons. The Bucks are now in third place in the Eastern Conference, 8.5 games behind the Celtics for first place, which is a far cry from their earlier dominance.

The question on everyone’s mind is whether Rivers can turn things around in the next Bucks game. His track record speaks for itself, but adapting to a new team mid-season is no small feat. The Bucks have the talent to be a top contender, but they need to find their rhythm under Rivers’ leadership.

As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see if Rivers can unlock the Bucks’ full potential. The team’s recent struggles might just be growing pains as they adjust to a new system. With the talent on their roster, it’s too early to count them out. But one thing is for sure – the Bucks need to start racking up wins to silence the doubters and prove that Rivers was the right choice.

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