Bucks Star Ratings 3/20: Bucks’ Big Three Put Away Pesky Spurs
Milwaukee Bucks returned home after a three-game road trip to play the San Antonio Spurs. Not only were they playing San Antonio, but they also were playing in front of more fans with the city loosening up some of their COVID rules. It likely surprises no one that San Antonio was a pain to deal with. Milwaukee could not pull away from the Spurs despite the Western Conference foe coming in on a back-to-back. The Bucks got it done though winning yet again for their sixth straight time, and it’s their 16th win in their last 17 games.
Giannis Anetetokounmpo – What a night from the Greek Freak. He continues to put up MVP numbers and Saturday was no different. Giannis finished the game with 28 points, 15 assists, and eight rebounds. The fact he missed a triple-double because of rebounds is funny to me. People want to know what Giannis has done this year to make himself better to qualify for the MVP again. The better thing is obviously the assists. He looks like a taller Magic Johnson out there finding guys all over the court.
Jrue Holiday – He gets the nod over Khris Middleton for this category. Both had similar nights, but Holiday had fewer turnovers. Good to see Holiday start to feel it again from an offensive standpoint. He scored 21 points and added five rebounds, three assists. Holiday found opportunities to shred the Spurs’ perimeter defense all game long. When Holiday, Middleton, and Antetokounmpo are all cooking offensively, it is hard to see anyone beating the Bucks.
Sleepy start for the Bucks – Last two games for Milwaukee, they have looked a bit disinterested to start the game. Milwaukee trailed by 10 points in the early part of the second quarter. Now, San Antonio and Philadelphia the game before played the night prior. That typically means they’re feeling good in that first and second quarter. But Milwaukee cannot keep doing this because you will end up getting Denver’d at some point and a team will steamroll you. Glad it didn’t happen last night.
Milwaukee will get set to play Indiana for the second time this season. Milwaukee has owned the Pacers in the last two years. Milwaukee has won seven of the last nine games they played versus the Pacers. Indiana is coming off back-to-back games with Miami that included an overtime game on Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee must take advantage of the Pacers’ tired legs.