The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to work through something they haven’t seen in Mike Budenholzer’s three seasons as a coach – a five-game losing streak

“We’re just a bit offensive,” said Budenholzer on Thursday night after the Bucks 110-96 lost to the Toronto Raptors, “but I think we can work it through”

The third game in Milwaukee’s five-game skid was a 114-109 loss to hosts Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. The Bucks and Thunder meet again in Milwaukee on Friday

“We lost one of the best players on the team and playmakers and best defenders on the team, (he) doesn’t play with us,” said Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo but he’s a big part of who we are. We need him. We need him back if he can play safely. “

Antetokounmpo said the return of Holiday wouldn’t be a magical elixir, but it would propel the dollars in the right direction

“That doesn’t mean we’ll play better when he comes back because it’s a team, it’s a group,” said Antetokounmpo. “But it will be Khris (Middleton), me, Jrue, Donte (DiVincenzo), Bryn (Forbes) and everyone else both offensively and defensively are easier “

In the first 23 games of the season, Middleton shot 465 behind the 3-point arc and was among the NBA leaders in the offensive standings

Without a vacation, Middleton shoots 286 percent from a distance and his offensive rating has fallen

On Sunday against Thunder, Middleton was only 10 out of 22 off the field and 2 out of 7 off the 3-point range

Oklahoma City suffered a 122-113 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Thunder have lost five of their last six, their only win against the Bucks

The Thunder were without a starting point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – or any real point guard – when they defeated Milwaukee

However, Theo Maledon returned from health and safety logs on Tuesday, and Gilgeous-Alexander came back from a left knee sprain on Wednesday

“Knee feels good,” said Gilgeous-Alexander after scoring 22 points and handing out six assists on his return. “It feels 100 percent I felt like I got some wind in the first quarter had to be what is expected (after) a week or so “

One of the players who stepped forward in Gilgeous-Alexander’s absence was Justin Jackson, used sparingly early in the season but hitting a season high of 22 in defeating Milwaukee and hitting all four of his 3-point attempts It was Jackson’s second game in a row with 20 or more points

In the two games since then, Jackson has seen his minutes drop dramatically, averaging just five points

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