Bucks Buzz: 60 Wins is Exclamation Point on Bucks Year
Milwaukee Bucks have 60 wins on the year. Bucks went from having 45 wins last year to 60 wins this year. This is the first time since 1981 that the Bucks reached the 60 wins plateau in what has been a remarkable year for Milwaukee. This is the final check mark on an awesome season for the Bucks. Even though their game against Atlanta was not the prettiest, Bucks found a way to get it done and get that 60th win of the year. Even if the number feels arbitrary to some, there is always something about a big, round number.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Mike Budenholzer did a masterful job of playing his guys when they needed to on Sunday night. Budenholzer only played Giannis for 25 minutes in this game. Giannis made the most of it with 30 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He had a great game from the field making 10 for his 15 shots. Without John Collins protecting the paint, Antetokounmpo had his way inside plus he drilled two threes as well.
Silver Star: Alex Len – Now, Khris Middleton had a good game, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what Len did for Atlanta in this game. He went off for a career-high 33 points making six threes. Len continued to be a pain in the Bucks side as he had an impressive game when these two teams met last Sunday in Atlanta. Len turned around his career with the Hawks this season becoming a better three-point shooter to add with his physical nature in the paint. The former Maryland standout has another year with Atlanta and is part of a promising 2019-2020 team.
Positive: Bucks put away the Hawks at the end – Milwaukee did not let Atlanta have a sniff at this victory down the stretch. Game was within three points before Middleton drilled back-to-back three pointers along with Giannis hitting a three himself as Milwaukee pulled away in this game. We’ve seen this happen a few times in the NBA season where the Bucks have a small lead that turns into a big one very quickly.
Negative: Effort wasn’t the greatest – Here’s the thing, I cannot complain about the Bucks effort too much. This is a meaningless game. Besides wanting to the get to 60 wins, Milwaukee had nothing to play for in this one. It is hard to be too upset about anything related to the Bucks because you know things will tighten up this weekend when the playoffs begin.
Highlight of the night: The Brook block to the Giannis slam was so pretty
Next up: Bucks finish the year with Oklahoma City. The game means nothing to Milwaukee while the Thunder could still find their way to the fifth seed but it’s not easy. They need to win their last two games while the Utah Jazz need to lose both their games. If Jazz lose on Tuesday, Thunder have a chance at the five. If not, they’re locked in as the three likely playing Houston in the first round. We’ll know tomorrow night what the motivation will be for the road team.