BucksCap: Giannis’ 50-Point Masterpiece Sinks Utah
Milwaukee Bucks are in the soft spot of their schedule. They are playing weak competition compared to some of the teams they faced earlier in the year. It is time for the Bucks to get fat. One of their harder opponents during this stretch was the Utah Jazz. They’re right now tied for sixth in the Western Conference. Jazz are one of the three teams to beat the Bucks this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure they didn’t do it again. Antetokounmpo went off for 50 points last night in a 122-118 victory.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – He truly played one of the best games of the year, if not the best. Giannis scored 50 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists. He did not turn the ball over once. Antetokounmpo went on a tear in the third quarter. He had 18 points at halftime then went completely off in the final two quarters to bring the Bucks back from trailing by nine points. This is one of those games that you’ll remember at the end of the year. Giannis continues to his quest for back-to-back MVP’s.
Honorable Mention: Wesley Matthews – This is probably the best game from Wesley Matthews since joining the Milwaukee Bucks. He had a great day with 19 points making five three-pointers. Matthews is starting to find his rhythm with the Bucks. This was his fourth straight game with 10 or more points. He is starting to figure out Mike Budenholzer’s system.
One Thing to Like: Bucks third quarter dominance – We continue to see this with the Milwaukee Bucks. They’re taking advantage of teams out of halftime. Atlanta led at the break last week only to have Bucks pull away in the third. Last night, Utah led by nine at the break but found themselves trailing after a 42-point quarter from Milwaukee. No lead is safe with the Bucks.
One Thing To Watch: Can Brook Lopez find his stroke from three again? – Brook Lopez is in a bit of a cold streak. He is shooting only 28 percent from deep. This isn’t stopping Lopez from firing as he had seven attempts from deep last night. Lopez is shooting 1.2 fewer threes per game, so, maybe he’ll come back to life. Bucks need to work on getting him some easy ones if possible.
Next up: Milwaukee will stay home and play Atlanta for the second time in a week. The Hawks are struggling mightily. They’ve lost seven straight and losers of nine of their last 10 games. Bucks can keep it rolling versus the Hawks. Eric Bledsoe and Antetokounmpo both had big nights when the teams squared up last week.