Five Things To Know About Bucks Taking Command on the West Coast
Milwaukee Bucks are still hanging out on the West Coast. They’ve played four games thus far, and Milwaukee is 3-1 on their trip. They’ve won the last three in a row, and they’re playing well in all of the games. The Bucks should have won all three by double digits, but they couldn’t close the door on Sacramento on Saturday night making things look a lot closer than they were. Bucks are two games back of the top two spots in the Eastern Conference. This was a good weekend for Milwaukee. They should be happy with their victories against Portland and Sacramento especially because the second one happened without Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is now 3-1 without the Green Freak which is a good sign for the latter part of the year. Here are some other things to know.
1. Giannis was fucking incredible on Friday night – This is one of the best performances from anyone in the NBA this season. Antetokounmpo did some next-level shit against the Portland Trail Blazers. He finished with 47 points on 21 shot attempts making every shot from inside the three-point line. The only shots Giannis missed were from deep. He also made 11 of 13 from the free-throw line. The dude was in another dimension, and it’s a joy to watch these kinds of Giannis’ games.
2. Jrue Holiday is starting to find his stride with the Bucks offense – If Giannis didn’t have an otherworldly game, this is easily the biggest thing to know right now. Jrue Holiday finally looks settled into the Bucks’ offense. This is a huge development for Milwaukee obviously, and bad news for the rest of the league. Holiday had two great games this weekend. He had 33-11-7 on Saturday against Sacramento, and on Friday, he had 22-10-4. He looks very comfortable with the Bucks right now.
3. Bobby Portis returns to the Bucks – Good to have Bobby Portis back on Friday against Portland. He didn’t really do much against the Blazers only scoring six points. But then on Saturday, Portis played a huge role in Milwaukee winning the game having 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Portis told the media that he did not have COVID-19, rather, he was out due to contact tracing. That’s a plus for Milwaukee. Having Portis back and the Bucks fully healthy makes them very tough to beat.
4. Don’t sleep on Donte’s Saturday night – Maybe inspired by the Final Four, Donte DiVencenzo had an awesome game that shouldn’t be forgotten. Donte DiVincenzo had 12 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, and seven assists. He filled up the stat sheet. This is the type of night we need from Donte more often. I’m not saying go for a near triple-double, rather, find ways to do all the little things on the court. That’s what Donte is good at and hopefully, he can continue it with Antetokounmpo back in the fold Tuesday.
5.Khris Middleton had a bad Saturday night, it happens – I think Bucks fans have gotten better with Middleton that they’re not ready to torch him after a bad night. But in case they are, it’s one bad game. Every player has it in them. Middleton actually did some good things in the fourth quarter and came on strong with the finisher. He had a good game against Portland then could not follow it up against Sacramento. It’s okay. There isn’t some big Middleton cold streak set to happen.
Next up: Milwaukee continues their road trip against Golden State on Tuesday night. Warriors have lost seven of their last eight games. Steph Curry is back, but it hasn’t been much for the former NBA Champions.