ST. FRANCIS, Wis. The dreaded back-to-back in the NBA. Nobody likes them, but everybody has to play them.
And they haven't been kind to the Milwaukee Bucks over the course of the last three seasons. Since making the playoffs in 2009-10, the Bucks are just 19-33 in second games of back-to-backs, including a 2-5 mark this season.
The numbers don't lie and make it clear to see why Milwaukee has struggled when it has to play on consecutive nights. The Bucks are averaging 95.6 points per game this season, but that number drops to 89.9 on the second leg of back-to-backs and every other statistical category aside from turnovers takes a negative turn, as well.
With two back-to-backs coming in the next week, the Bucks know they need to figure something out.
"If you want to somehow get some pretty good distance from .500, you can't play every back-to-back .500," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "You can't win the first game and lose the second game, things like that. You have to make up ground...