Milwaukee Bucks Avoid the Memphis’ Blues
Milwaukee Bucks played in Memphis on Monday night. It’s a place that hasn’t been friendly for Milwaukee in the past as they haven’t won there since 2009. Yes, it’s been almost 10 years since the last Bucks win on the road against the Grizzlies. This is not your older brother’s Memphis’ team though as they’re outright tanking the season with the worst record in the NBA, and they lost 17 straight heading into Monday night’s matchup. Milwaukee didn’t allow themselves to slip up and won the game handily with a 121-103 victory as Bucks win their second straight game.
Khris Middleton loves bad teams more than I love cupcakes
Something that I need to do here in the near future is take a look at Khris Middleton’s numbers versus teams with sub .500 records and compare them to current playoff teams. I bet what you’ll find is Middleton putting up gaudy numbers against some of the league’s worst teams. He did it again on Monday leading the way with 24 points and six rebounds. It was an efficient night for Middleton who only missed five shots in the game and keeps his mini-heater going into Orlando.
Tony Snell gets the ball rolling
Good to see Tony Snell have a good game. Much has been made about Snell’s struggles in recent weeks with some saying he should be on the bench. Snell came through with 12 points last night with four made threes. It’s good to see the Milwaukee wing find his rhythm from beyond the arc because when he’s feeling it, Milwaukee becomes so much tougher. This is the first time since February 15th that Snell was in double figures, and the first time since January 17th that he made four or more threes.
Bench mob helps take pressure off Giannis and Bledsoe
Love this about last night’s game. Giannis Antetokounmpo played only 28 minutes, and Eric Bledsoe played only 24. That’s a significant decrease compared to what we saw over the last couple weeks. With the elevated play of Sterling Brown, Tyler Zeller and Jabari Parker, Milwaukee can go to their bench more often in games like this one, and it doesn’t hurt that Brandon Jennings went completely off with 16 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds. Both things help Milwaukee greatly.
Bucks head to Orlando for a matchup with the Magic. Milwaukee has won both meetings thus far. Orlando is banged up right now. They are missing Evan Fournier who has a sprained MCL, and Aaron Gordon is currently in concussion protocol. Gordon may play, but he’s questionable at the moment. Don’t think there’s any time to give Giannis breather with how tight the Eastern Conference. Just hope you can keep him under 30 in this one as well.