Bucks Buzz: Warriors Get Revenge on Bucks
Golden State Warriors do not get many opportunities for revenge, but the Milwaukee Bucks presented them one on Friday night. Warriors lost badly at home to the Bucks a month ago which included Steph Curry getting hurt which put him out for a month. The team was ready to make a statement about the Bucks. Milwaukee might think of themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference, but the NBA still goes through the Warriors. Golden State had a dominating performance where they kept Milwaukee at a distance for most of the game winning 105-95 in Milwaukee’s biggest home loss at the Fiserv Forum.
Player of the Game: Klay Thompson – He seems to be a sneaky Bucks killer. Klay always turns it on against the Bucks. He isn’t a popular one with the crowd as Thompson once refused to have a try out with the Bucks during the pre-draft process making it clear he did not want to play for the Bucks. Thompson had 20 points with four threes to lead Golden State in scoring on Friday night.
Silver Star: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Not the best game from Giannis, but he still played pretty well on Friday night. Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds on eight-of-13 shooting. He did what he could out there. Antetokounmpo did not really have the second banana support he’s been getting on a regular basis. That was due partly to the Bucks poor shooting. Giannis had to do it all last night, and there was only so much he could do. This is only second time all season that Giannis had back-to-back games of 25 points or less.
Positive: Bucks knew they didn’t have it from three – Here’s the best thing I can say about a pretty meh Bucks performance. They tried their best. This seems cliche, but Milwaukee didn’t settle for threes to get their asses handed to them by Golden State. They clearly knew that wasn’t working and attacked the basket. It kept them in the game as much as it could yet the threes falling would have been nice.
Negative: Felt like a Jason Kidd game – This isn’t a knock on Coach Bud, more so on the players. This felt like a Bucks game I watched last year or the year prior where Milwaukee did everything they could against a team yet they would be outscored from deep leading to Milwaukee being down. Tough to watch.
Next up: It doesn’t get any easier as the Bucks face off against Toronto for a late Sunday afternoon matchup. Raptors are coming off a terrible road loss to Brooklyn as the Nets beat them in overtime. It’s amazing other good NBA teams can lose to bad teams too (Gasp!)