Week 22 Observations: Drummond Rolling, Ibaka Suspended Three Games
Week 22 Observations: Drummond Rolling, Ibaka Suspended Three Games

The Milwaukee Bucks still lead the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games, but they're in the midst of their roughest stretch of the season, with – cover your ears, kids – three losses in their last five games. For most teams, that's just how things go over the course of an 82-game schedule, but Milwaukee hasn't dropped three of five since November, and its league-best defense just allowed 121 points to the Spurs on Sunday.

Since the All-Star break, the Bucks are still an elite offense – second in the NBA behind Detroit – but they've begun to lag defensively, posting a 111.4 defensive rating in 10 games since the break. That's nearly seven points per 100 possessions lower than their season-long mark and good for 19th in the league in that span.

On a more positive note, the Bucks got Donte DiVincenzo back from a lengthy injury layoff last week. He returned for Thursday's win over Indiana and broke out with 11 points in Saturday's 131-114 romp of the Hornets. The rookie out of Villanova is averaging 13.3 minutes in three games since returning but could lose his spot in the regular rotation once George Hill and Sterling Brown are healthy.

The league handed down a three-game suspension for Serge Ibaka, who's lucky he didn't connect on a swing at the head of Cleveland's Marquese Chriss on Monday night. The two got tangled up, literally, while battling to control a long outlet pass at the end of the

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