BucksCap: Milwaukee Makes National Media Statement
Milwaukee Bucks are never going to be a team that runs their mouth. But they hear everything. They hear all the bullshit being spewed from the likes of Stephen A. Smith, Colin Cowherd, and Rockets guard James Harden. They know it’s all there. And how do they respond? With their play, of course. Milwaukee Bucks dominated one of the hottest teams in basketball, the Oklahoma City Thunder, last night, 133-86. The game was 46-43 when Milwaukee finished the first half on a 25-4 run. They haven’t lost since the All-Star Break and now find themselves on a five-game winning streak.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – For a man that can only run and dunk, Giannis sure did a lot last night. Antetokounmpo scored 32 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and had six assists. He also drilled two of four threes. Antetokounmpo could not be stopped by the Thunder defenders. With Danillo Gallinari out, they lacked the bodies to put on Giannis. Danillo isn’t a good defender, but he is a big body who can get in the way. Thunder didn’t have a lot of those options and it showed.
Honorable Mention: George Hill – We’re starting to see George Hill get back to full strength after his injury. He had a legitimate perfect scoring night. Hill made every shot he took along with his two free throws. He finished with 14 points. Hill also added five rebounds and six assists in a mere 19 minutes. I’d have to look, but Mike Budenholzer does have a point when he says Hill and Bledsoe are the best point guard combo in the league.
The Thing I Liked: No Khris Middleton, no problem – Khris Middleton complained of a sore neck, which might have been from carrying the team this week, so Milwaukee sat him down. They didn’t need him. That’s not a knock on Middleton, rather, it shows you how the Bucks can plug and play with anyone on the basketball court.
The Thing I Didn’t Like: ESPN promoting a Giannis miss when the Bucks are up by 50 points – Here we go again, the national media would rather the Bucks fade away than actually be good. It is fucking frustrating to deal with this night in and night out.
National media doesn’t want to the Bucks to succeed https://t.co/yAHUuW1btY
— Charlie (@SnoTapWI) February 29, 2020
Next up: Milwaukee plays an early day game in Charlotte on Sunday. Personally, this feels like a game where Giannis, Khris, and others should get some rest. Bucks have a brutal month of March coming up, and this feels like the right time to sit everyone down. We’ll see if Bud and the Bucks agree with me.