Numbers show Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe is struggling mightily when wide-open
The Milwaukee Bucks have seen their 2-0 lead disappear in the last two games, as the Toronto Raptors defended home court and took two back to tie the series at two apiece. However one reason why the Bucks let Game 3 go in overtime and lost by 18 points in Game 4 was the continued poor shooting of point guard Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe has yet to shoot over 30% from the floor in four games this series and numbers show his shooting isn’t exactly being impacted by aggressive defense on the side of the Raptors.
Bledsoe feasted on the Detroit Pistons in the first round, averaging 19.3 points and shooting a studly 52.5% from the floor, but his averages declined as the Bucks made their playoff climb, shooting only a serviceable 43.1% against the Boston Celtics and now averaging a ghastly 8.3 points per game in 24.4% shooting against the Raptors.
His shooting this series hasn’t been any better from the 3-point line, shooting 2-of-19 from downtown.
Bledsoe got the quick hook from coach Mike Budenholzer, who limited him to 20 minutes of action, hoping the bench unit could provide better firepower, to no avail.
Whatever is ailing Bledsoe isn’t a result of stiff defense from the Raptors, as most of it is focused on Giannis Antetokounmpo and sharpshooter Khris Middleton. The hope is that Bledsoe can shake out of his slump, but it might take knocking down the occasional open look for that to happen.