Bucks Buzz: Toronto Puts Clamps on Milwaukee Offense
The City of Milwaukee had so much excitement in the air. Bucks shirts were everywhere in the city. People showed off their Bucks pride all over town. There was a special sort of energy at Milwaukee Brat House on Saturday afternoon with booze and shots flying all around the bar. Even with Milwaukee’s offense being nonexistent, the crowd remained strong until the very end. Unfortunately for Bucks, they fell 87-76 as Toronto did a masterful job with Bucks slowing them down completely. The series is now tied at two as it heads back to the 6.
Player of the Game (Bucks): Greg Monroe – I originally had put Tony Snell in here, but I have to give some love to Greg Monroe’s fourth quarter performance. The guy put his team on his back and tried to bring Bucks back from the dead. Monroe had 11 of his 14 points in the fourth and pulled down nine rebounds including five offense boards. He was huge in the final moments of this game. My guess is Monroe will start Game 5 if Toronto goes with the same lineup that they did on Saturday afternoon.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks): Giannis Antetokounmpo – A part of me wants to say Khris Middleton, but it’s hard to ignore he grabbed 11 rebounds in the game. Giannis played arguably one of his worst games of the season. P.J.Tucker is a problem for Antetokounmpo, and I’m not sure how Milwaukee is going to solve for him. I truly believe we are going to see a game where Antetokounmpo blows our collective mind. Whether it’s Game 5, 6 or 7, it’s coming this week.
Player of the Game (Raptors): DeMar DeRozan – After a rough time at Bradley Center where Toronto star did not make a single field goal, DeMar DeRozan responded in a major way. Raptors guard finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists. DeRozan historically struggled at Milwaukee having the worst points per game at Milwaukee, but he appeared much better with a strong performance. If he’s heating up, Bucks are in big fucking trouble.
Positive: Milwaukee showed their defense prowess – Let’s do a glass half full of what happened on Saturday afternoon. Bucks have allowed 82 points per game in their two games at home in the playoffs. That’s significantly better than anything we’ve seen from the team all year. One of the bigger problems at certain junctures of the season was they couldn’t play defense. It appears to be much improved.
Negative: Kidd needed more Snell and Middleton earlier in fourth – One of the more curious things we’ve seen in Game 2 and 4 is Jason Kidd’s refusal to bring players back in the fourth. Toronto got up by 10 at one point in the fourth, and that should have been the time to see Snell/Middleton back into this game versus a little later. Reason? Well, Snell had been the only offense, and Middleton can get hot at any minute.
Next up: Game 5 on Monday night in Toronto. Their crowd is going to be out of control. Game 3 and Game 4 were such polar opposites of each other, I have no idea what to expect. Like mentioned, Monroe will probably get the nod early to force Duane Casey’s hand although that might lead to big start by Serge Ibaka. Bucks have held the advantage all series long, and they’ll need to adjust