Welcome to the 2020-21 edition of the Bucks Weekly Spotlight. Each Thursday, we’ll track the progress of the players who are trying to help Milwaukee make a championship run and give updates on other players from the previous week.
This is the 17th edition of the 2020-21 Bucks Weekly Spotlight.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Guard Bryn Forbes
What Forbes did this past week is what, well, he’s been doing all season. Make 3-pointers.
Only in the past few games he’s done a little more than that – he posted some career performances.
It started last Thursday at Houston when he made 11 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from 3, in scoring 30 points for the first time in his career. He had reached 20 points just three times previously this season, with a high of 23 back on Feb. 23.
Two games later, Forbes did it again – only this time on the boards, collecting a career-high 13 rebounds (previous high was 11 with San Antonio on Dec. 11, 2018).
But this season really has been about Forbes shooting behind the arc. In five games this past week he made 54.8% of his 3-point attempts.
Forbes is now making 44.5% of his 3 attempts this season (142 of 319). He’s made at least 40% from downtown every month but December, when he was 6-for-16 (37.5%). In May this far he’s 9-for-17 (52.9%).
His 44.5% rate is the highest of any Bucks player in history with at least 200 3-point attempts. Ersan Ilyasova was at 44.4% on 214 attempts in 2012-13. Michael Redd at 43.8% on 416 attempts in 2002-03 has the previous high with 300+ 3-point shots.
In some ways, though, Forbes, who has scored in double digits in six straight games, is having a career year. He is setting personal bests in per-36 minute rates in 3-pointers (4.0) and points per game (18.5) as well as 3-point percentage and 2-point percentage (51.1%).
It’s easy to say Forbes has a hot hand lately. But the truth is he’s had it all season and he could be a deadly weapon come playoff time.
-- This week in Giannis: After leaving the game against Houston early with an ankle sprain and not playing the next night, Antetokounmpo returned and burned Brooklyn for 49 points. He then outdueled Kevin Durant (again), recording 36 points and 12 rebounds in another win over the Nets on May 4. He finished the week with a near-triple double – 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists – against Washington.
-- Jrue Holiday continues to step up his game. In five contests this past week he averaged 23.0 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 51.8% from the field.
-- Khris Middleton didn’t play Wednesday, but he’s scored 20+ points in four consecutive games, matching his longest such streak of the season.
-- Pat Connaughton had been quiet for a while but in Wednesday’s win over the Wizards he hit a couple of big shots down the stretch and tallied 16 points (to go with six rebounds), his first time in double digits in seven games and his most points since scoring 20 on March 22.