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This is the third head coach firing of the 2017-18 NBA season.

The Milwaukee Bucks have fired head coach Jason Kidd, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Monday afternoon.

The firing comes two days after a 22-point loss against the Philadelphia 76ers that dropped the Bucks to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. That was their fourth loss in their last five games. The team, however, was playing their most recent game without MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team has struggled mightily without him on the court, as the graphic below entails.

Antetokounmpo has put together a fantastic season, averaging 28.2 points per game on 54.6 percent shooting from the field, to go along with 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He’s been the unquestioned leader and best player on the team. However, the team has underachieved in many people’s eyes, which is part of what led to the Bucks’ decision to fire Kidd.

In three full seasons as the Bucks’ head coach, Kidd led them to two playoff appearances, with both ending with first-round exits after six games.

Earlier this season, the Bucks made a trade to strengthen their backcourt, adding Eric Bledsoe. He was expected to further solidify a young Bucks core that also included Khris Middleton, last season’s Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker and the soon-to-return Jabari Parker. The team has, however, stayed at or around .500 for much of the season up to this point, failing to reach expectations.

Now having moved on from Kidd, the team’s coaching role will be filled by the now interim coach Joe Prunty, according to Wojnarowski. Prunty has nearly two decades of coaching experience as an assistant coach, with this being his first shot at a potential head coaching job. Whether or not the team decides to keep Prunty beyond this season, this Bucks team should be an attractive destination for a number of coaches hoping to receive a head coaching job.