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The Milwaukee Bucks have shown increasing signs of life lately -- maybe not enough to buy into their playoff chances, but enough to be encouraged about the ascension of Khris Middleton and the ongoing evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo. In our latest podcast, we talk about what we're seeing from Middleton, how he might resemble a Hawks-era Joe Johnson, and continue our conversation about why the Bucks aren't likely to make any big moves ahead of the trade deadline.

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Greg Monroe has played well for the Milwaukee Bucks, but the team isn't performing at a level either party expected when the free agent center signed his deal. As the NBA Trade Deadline approaches, we examine why it is an important moment for the Bucks to consider Monroe's fit with Jabari Parker and Milwaukee's core players. 

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The Bucks have stumbled through the early portion of the year, losing their defensive identity and raising unexpected questions about the development of key prospects such as Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

In this episode, Steve, Frank and Eric discuss Milwaukee basketball on a fundamental level. It's time to explore the questions of "what exactly are the Bucks trying to do?" and "what should the Bucks actually try to do?" The conversation eventually touches on what's happened to Damien Inglis and Rashad Vaughn, so be sure to stick around for those bits of insight as well.  
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Why do we watch so much Milwaukee Bucks basketball? It's a simple question that invites a far more complex answer. We explore the reasons behind our love of the Bucks and the NBA in this episode of the Brew Hoop podcast. Enjoy! 

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December 24, 2015  

After Wednesday's 113-100 win over the Sixers, the Bucks' starting lineup boasted some curious statistics. In 126 minutes together, the spacing-challenged combination of Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe have now scored a whopping 114 points per 100 possessions -- a figure that's somehow better than Golden State Warriors' 113 points per 100 possessions. 

The unfortunate worm in the apple is that a) none of this offensive brilliance feels sustainable (does it?) and b) that group has also been utterly destroyed on the defensive end, to the tune of around 116 points/100. In other words, as much as the Bucks starting five has scored freely, they've also allowed opponents to do even more damage on the other end.

Building on our podcast from Wednesday, we touch on whether the Bucks' "playmaking" development plan for Giannis Antetokounmpo makes sense and whether the current lineup makes sense in the long term.

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With the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff hopes increasingly dim, our attention has justifiably begun to focus more and more on the evolving roles of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Michael Carter-Williams, especially after ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz hinted that Antetokounmpo's benching came as a result of "selfish" play in previous games. What does selfishness mean for a player averaging less than 12 shots per game? Does the responsibility for the struggles of Antetokounmpo and Parker, and conversely recent success of Carter-Williams, lay at the feet of a poor offensive scheme engineered by head coach Jason Kidd? Have the Bucks gone about developing Antetokounmpo and Parker correctly? Steve von Horn, Eric Nehm and Frank Madden discuss all of these questions and much more in the first part of our weekly podcast.
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Fresh off the high of their historic 108-95 win over the 24-0 Golden State Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks head back to work this week facing a difficult schedule and increasingly long playoff odds. In our latest podcast, Eric Nehm and Frank Madden discuss the Bucks' postseason chances as well as a series of listener questions related to the Bucks' point guard rotation, possible trades, and how long it will take for the Bucks to be at their best.

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The Milwaukee Bucks played the role of giant-slayers on Saturday, toppling Stephen Curry and the mighty Warriors 108-95 to end Golden State's record-breaking 24-0 start to the season. Eric Nehm and Frank Madden discuss how the Bucks' defense contained the Warriors' unstoppable offense and what it tells us about the Bucks going forward.

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Has the Milwaukee Bucks' defense finally turned the corner? That's the question we ask in our latest podcast, exploring the Bucks' improved defense and rebounding since the move to start O.J. Mayo, as well as the impact of John Henson vs. Greg Monroe. Lastly, we look ahead to the Bucks' Saturday matchup with the Golden State Warriors and ask whether the Bucks might possibly have the personnel to hang with the Warriors "Death" lineup.

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While it remains a small 34-minute sample, the Bucks have started O.J. Mayo alongside starters Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Greg Monroe in the past two games, and so far to good effect: they've won both games with that lineup combining for a +19 points/100 rating. But is Kidd's move more than a short-term wrinkle, especially given Michael Carter-Williams' ongoing up-and-down performance off the bench?

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