Bucks Buzz Vol. 13: Giannis’ Triple-Double Carries Team
Buzz Buzz for Tuesday November 22nd is the first happy one in quite some time. Milwaukee Bucks broke their three-game losing steak by getting a win over Orlando Magic in a hard-fought game from start to finish. Bucks and Magic have played some great ones at Bradley Center for the last couple of years. This one proved to be no different, and once again, Magic killer Giannis Antetokounmpo did it again.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) – What a game from Giannis. Here’s the stat line from the Greek Freak – 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, five steals and three blocks. The only three other players to have that stat line – Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Andrei Kirilenko. That’s pretty damn good. Antetokounmpo played extremely well for three quarters and helped pick this team up when they needed it early on.
(Not) Player of the Game: Matthew Dellavedova (Bucks) – Even though Delly had a big three late in the fourth, he played like garbage for most of this game. Delly had six turnovers with four fouls in limited minutes. He’s due for a clunker now and again, and that’s what happened on Monday. But all that really mattered was the made three midway through the fourth.
Player of the Game: Serge Ibaka (Magic) – Orlando’s offseason acquisition of Serge Ibaka has been a good one thus far. Ibaka led the team in scoring with 21 points with eight rebounds. He proved to be the go-to option for Orlando’s offense.
Positive: Super Cool Beas for Sixth Man – Maybe that’s a little much at this point, but I’ll start making the argument in January if this keeps up. Michael Beasley scored 10 points for the Bucks in the first quarter and provided the team with a much needed boost as the offense struggled early on. Kudos to Jason Kidd for making the move.
Negative: Sleepy start to this one – Call it a Warriors hangover, but Bucks didn’t have their best at the start of this game. Milwaukee is down 16-2 halfway through the first quarter. Bucks were lucky this thing didn’t get out of hand early on. One of the growing trends this season is Bucks have one real bad quarter that sinks their chances at winning, and thankfully, that didn’t happen tonight.
Next Up: Milwaukee welcomes Toronto to town the day after Thanksgiving. This will be the end of Toronto’s weeklong, five-city road trip. Milwaukee struggled with Raptors last season losing all four games. In fact, Bucks have lost six of their last seven against Raptors. This is an opportune time to play Raps.