BucksCap: Milwaukee Clamps Down on Detroit
Milwaukee Bucks are making 100 points or less Saturday’s a thing. Last week, they held Indiana to 82 points. This week, they held Detroit to 90 points. It appears this is what the Bucks are doing on Saturday. Now, could it be that Indiana and Detroit both were coming off back-to-backs? Yes, probably. But why lose out on a good story? Milwaukee got themselves their seventh straight win and their eleventh win in 12 games. Bucks are on a complete roll heading into the final week of the month.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – This wasn’t even a great game for Giannis. He scored 28 points and 10 rebounds. Detroit did not have a real answer for him which shouldn’t be surprising. Detroit had issues with Giannis last year, and they still had issues with Giannis. Without Blake Griffin, they’re hopeless trying to defend Giannis in the middle of the lane. The only knock for him last night is he struggled from the free-throw line as Antetokounmpo went 3-for-9 from the line.
Honorable Mention: Sterling Brown – One of the things that happened with Khris Middleton’s injury is Sterling Brown became a legit role player for the Bucks. He is a very good defender on the perimeter. He was +23 on Saturday night and finished with seven points, 10 rebounds. Brown will see major minutes even when Middleton comes back into the fold.
One Thing I Liked: Bucks went on a run and buried the Pistons – One of the things that I loved about Saturday night was Milwaukee delivering the hammer in the final quarter of the game. They were up eight at the end of the third quarter then they laid down the throttle putting themselves up 22. This is what you want to see from one of the best offenses in basketball.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Free throws were an issue – I mentioned it with Giannis’ but the free throws sucked on Saturday. Milwaukee went 9-for-18 from the free-throw line. That’s not going to work out well for them. It is fine to go 50% against a team that had no chance versus Milwaukee, but that’s a way to let a team back into the mix.
Next up: Milwaukee looks for revenge tonight against Utah. They play their first revenge game of the season. Last year, that resulted in blowouts in the game after. Milwaukee will need to slow down Bogan Bognavoic who couldn’t miss the last time they played each other.