Bucks Take Care of Business Against the Shorthanded Cavaliers
Milwaukee Bucks played back-to-back on Saturday night. They took on Cleveland after playing Utah on Friday. With no fans and a back that took a hard fall, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game against Cleveland. But he wasn’t the only one. Cleveland did not have Collin Sexton or Darius Garland due to injuries. Milwaukee Bucks did not let this game surprise them. They took down Cleveland rather easily 100-90 as the Bucks held a lead for most of the game. Milwaukee moves to 6-4 on the young the season and won their first game without Giannis.
Player of the Game: Khris Middleton – With Giannis being out, Khris Middleton typically has himself a ballgame. Saturday was no different. Midds inserted himself as the man on Saturday scoring 27 points and adding six assists and five rebounds. Middleton was efficient scoring on 10 of 16 from the floor. Khris has easily been an All-Star through 10 games. He might not get getting the credit, but Khris definitely deserves it.
Honorable Mention: D.J. Wilson – Look when Giannis is out, you have to others step up. In the case of Saturday night, you had D.J. Wilson. He scored 12 points in 16 minutes with two made threes. Mike Budenholzer buried Wilson on the bench in the last few games, so, to come in after not playing in a few games. We’ll see if this leads to more minutes for Wilson when the Bucks are at full strength.
What went right for the Bucks: Milwaukee showed better results for the opponent’s three-pointers – Now Cleveland does not have the shooters Utah does, but still, it was nice to see Milwaukee bounce back from their Friday performance. After giving up over 20 threes, Milwaukee only gave up seven on Saturday night. Again, it’s not a good team, so, we’ll see what happens when they take on Brooklyn or Dallas later this week.
What went wrong for the Bucks: How long are we going to do this Thanasis thing? – Here’s the stat line for Thanasis Antetokounmpo – 0 pts, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 12 minutes. He did absolutely nothing. Why are the Bucks wasting minutes with him versus trying out the rookies. It makes no sense at all. Maybe with Wilson’s good play on Saturday, it will lead to T Antetokounmpo finding his way to the bench. He is not a rotational guy,
Next up: Milwaukee heads on the road for a quick two-game road trip. They play Orlando on Monday night. Orlando is also banged up. Markelle Fultz is out with an ACL tear. Evan Fournier isn’t going to play again, and they might not be with Michael Carter-Williams. That’s three guards in your rotation. Bucks should have Giannis back int his one.