OAKLAND, CA – Stephen Curry called his shot long before he went to the Oracle Arena floor on Thursday night. Prior to a deflationary 134-111 loss to Milwaukee Bucks, one as Curry left early due to a left adductor tribe, he spent some of his post-training hours Wednesday afternoon discussing the state of the new look Bucks team that has noted the league during the first weeks of the season.
“I think [their situation] resembles four years ago here,” explains Curry. “A change of landscape sometimes helps, you get some energy, a little shift in focus and perspective, and the little difference can unlock anything. It’s still early. They take care of the business they should. It’s important when you have that a lot of potential to get started, but the season will be shaped as it should. “
Curry, the two-hour NBA MVP, knows experience of how much coaching changes and some roster tweaking can make for a young team in the rise. Four years ago, Steve Kerr was dropped to replace Mark Jackson as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, who reconstructed what would become one of the league’s most productive crimes in the process.
In summer Bucks struck Mike Budenholzer instead of interim head coach Joe Prunty who took over for Jason Kidd half past last season. Budenholzer, like Kerr, was taken to make Bucks offensive up and go to a different pace than Prunty or Kidd customer.
Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is scheduled to undergo a MRI on Friday after leaving Thursday’s loss with a
The Greek freak opened a new building in Milwaukee and explained that his bucks are ready to rise to the east .
While the bucks are cautious about the optimism that starts with a 9-22 start, the reality as they just entered the defenders’ home started out and struck them a wave of excitement that this team was looking for when General Manager Jon Horst made Budenholzer the new coach a few months ago.
“I think teams start to notice and realize we’re not Bucks like we were when I first came here six years ago,” Bucks said little to Khris Middleton. “We are a completely different team from last year too.”
Stephen Curry suggested that Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks handled operations early in the season – and it was before Milwaukee’s blow-up victory in the Golden State on Thursday night. Noah Graham / NBAE / Getty
Bucks is another team because they have a different mindset within the Budenholzer system. They trust where they should be on the floor and trust that the ball will find the open man. That conviction was fullscreen on Thursday when Bucks became open looking down on the floor against the big, bad Warriorsna (albeit without defensive stalwart power forward Draymond Green) and played without fear in the framework of an offensive renaissance that you have invested in.
Several players gave credit to Budenholzer’s playing field, while veteran Eric Bledsoe noted that the transition was the biggest key to the group.
“I think we are fully purchased,” says Bledsoe. “We had a lot of assistance. Last year we probably can not have 20 assisting a game, so we’re probably medium-sized 20 will help a game right now – so that’s huge for us.”
Eric Bledsoe runs over Stephen Curry and draws a foul before he drops a floater and sends Curry to the bench.
To see in perspective how dominant Buck’s performance was in Oakland, consider Milwaukee outscored Warriors 84-34 in the color. It was the Golden State’s worst variety difference in the Kerr era, according to the research of ESPN Stats and Information. The 134 points Warriors gave up was the second largest a Kerr-led team has allowed – and the most opponent has done at Oracle Arena in an unrivaled game since Phoenix Suns released 154 at Warriors 2009.
“It’s huge, “Bucks shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon said about the victory. “It’s huge for our self-esteem. I think it sends a message about the league, but regardless, I think we must keep playing hard every night and play on both sides.”
But how have things changed so much for a group that has many of the same key pieces along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Middleton? Aside from veteran contributions from Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova, the difference is that Bucks pushes 3 pointers to a much greater extent than during the Kidd regime. Their 44.0 percent 3-point frequency this season only tracks Houston Rockets at 47.5 percent.
“I think it’s raging people,” Brogdon acknowledged. “Bidding allows us to shoot them with confidence, so we do much more and it adds a completely different dimension to us.”
|3s per game (%) ||2018-19 ||2017-18 || ||1.5 (34.5) |
|Malcolm Brogdon ||1.5 (43.2) ||] 3.6 (45.5) ||1.8 (35.9) |
|Brook Lopez *) ||1.3 (38.5) |
|Tony Snell ||1.5 (48.5) ||1.4 (40.3) |
|Eric Bledsoe ||1.5 (32.7) ||1.7 (34.7) |
|Ersan Ilyasova * ||1.2 (40.6) ||1.3 (36.0) |
|Pat Connaughton * ||] ||0.9 (35.2) |
|Donte DiVincenzo * ||1.1 (27.3)  |
|* Employed Bucks this season |
Is it the biggest difference between this year’s group and last year’s version?
“I would not say it’s the biggest difference,” said Brogdon. “I would say we have a lot of structure now. We have several sets we can get into, we have – just more of a reason to play instead of just freestyle.”
The ease that Bucks enjoys playing in Budenholzer’s system is obvious in the way they play. There is a happy, free floating nature within the group on the floor that was not there last season. They believe in themselves, and they trust the system that Budenholzer puts in place. While Kidd’s name was never mentioned, it’s not hard to read between the lines and know that Bucks enjoys the new start that comes with a new lead voice.
“We are trying to improve night at night out,” Lopez said. “We are hopefully a better team in April and May than we are now. We were definitely pretty good tonight, and we would like to continue being so, especially defensive.”
On top of the adjustment to Budenholzer, Bucks also has Antetokounmpo to lead on the floor as needed. As the system and players around him develop, the young Greek star takes its game to new heights. He scored 24 points in 26 minutes on Thursday night, and he continues to become more comfortable on the floor. It remains to be seen if Bucks can challenge Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics for eastern conference supremacy this season, but as Antetokounmpo continues to grow in Budenholzer’s system, they will always have a fighting chance.
“It changes a bit, says Antetokounmpo to gain more respect.” Everyday. We just have to keep playing better. It is. And we have to bring it every night, because at the end of the day it’s about winning. “
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Thursday’s performance offered yet another reminder for the rest of the league about how dangerous Bucks might be when all their players shoot in the same direction. It was Bucks who ended the Golden States 24-player winning line to start the 2015- 16 at Bradley Center. On Thursday it was Bucks who hit Warriors on their own floor while taking the lead for the best point difference.
Middleton, in his sixth season with Bucks, feels things are different this time.  “People took it like a whim,” Middleton said about the 2015 win against Warriors. “But now we feel like we’re one of the best teams out there. We released one in Portland, but we still believe we are one of the best teams out there. So go there and take the right and try to win along the road in difficult situations. We are down, we will fight to come back. “