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In a surprising move, the Milwaukee Bucks ousted first-year head coach Adrian Griffin despite the team’s strong position in the Eastern Conference, opting to bring in seasoned coach Doc Rivers to lead the charge.

Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas has cast doubts on Rivers’ ability to steer the Bucks towards a championship, citing concerns over his playoff track record and alleged shortcomings in making crucial adjustments during games.

Since Rivers assumed coaching duties, the Bucks have faced a tumultuous transition, posting a lackluster 3-7 record under his guidance and slipping to third place in the East standings with a 35-21 record.

While there have been glimpses of success, including victories against formidable opponents like the Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks, the Bucks have also endured disappointing losses to struggling teams like the Portland Trail Blazers, and most recently against the Memphis Grizzlies.

With the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics boasting an impressive 43-12 record, the Bucks’ prospects of vying for the top spot appear to be dwindling as the season progresses.

Prior to Rivers’ tenure, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his co-star Damian Lillard were posting stellar numbers, with Antetokounmpo averaging 31 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game, while Lillard contributed 25.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game.

However, under Rivers’ leadership, both players have experienced declines in their statistics, with Antetokounmpo’s numbers dipping to 29.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game, and Lillard’s averaging 21.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game.

As the NBA season approaches its final stretch, all eyes are on Rivers and his ability to reverse the Bucks’ fortunes, guiding them towards contention in the Eastern Conference playoff race and potentially salvaging their championship aspirations.