BucksCap: Milwaukee Pounds Portland & Wins 6th Straight
Milwaukee Bucks are on a heater. Milwaukee won six straight games and 10 of their last 11. They’re red hot and showing no signs of slowing down. Bucks beat Portland last night, 135-127, as they handled their business yet again. Portland did not Damian Lillard or Hassan Whiteside, yet they fought hard and kept it close throughout the game. The story of the game was Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar put up a stat line that has not been seen in Milwaukee Bucks history.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – What a night for Giannis overall. He finished the game with 24 points, 19 rebounds, and 15 assists. That is a massive stat line. That is a stat line that not many of us will see in our lifetime. He is only the 38th player in NBA history to put up a stat line like that. What a night for the Greek Freak. Antetokounmpo did struggle from the field, but he had an amazing night worth celebrating.
Honorable Mention: Pat Connaughton – If Giannis did not have the stat line he did, Pat Connaughton is the player of the night. Look, there are some great Planet Pat games. We do not know when they come, rather, they appear like a pleasant surprise. Connaughton did it from the outside and the inside last night. He is one of the best dunkers on the Bucks, and I will not hear anything else.
Pat Connaughton GOT UP 😳 pic.twitter.com/QTUyh3F65u
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 22, 2019
The Thing I Liked: Bucks came out red hot – Nothing like seeing Milwaukee find their fire early in the game. Bucks dropped 72 points on Portland in the first half. This is the seventh time that the Bucks have scored 70 or more in the first half. After trailing Atlanta in the first half on Wednesday, Bucks came out in full force on Thursday night.
The Thing I Didn’t Like: Bucks need to work on their defense – This is a bad one for Milwaukee. They did not do anything on defense last night. Milwaukee had a 16-point lead at halftime and suddenly, the lead disappeared on them in the second half. Bucks needed to tighten up on this side of the ball.
Next up: Bucks welcome the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. I’m curious to see which Pistons will play in this one. They play the Hawks tonight, and Pistons are sitting players like Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose on BTBs. Maybe they sit for tonight and have a fully loaded roster on Saturday? Bucks have owned the Pistons of late. Milwaukee beat Detroit eight times last year including the playoffs.