Milwaukee Bucks’ Offense Got The Kings’ Defense at The Right Time
In 2021, I don’t know if the term ‘Slump buster’ can be used anymore. Typically, it is used for women when men need to break out their sexual slump. I could easily make the case that a women could find a man as a ‘slump buster’ to break out of a sexual funk. It goes both ways in my world. Regardless, the Bucks got a slump buster tonight in the Sacramento Kings. They’re not good right now. And that was exactly what Milwaukee needed to spark this offense. Bucks finished with 128 points with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combining for 70 of them. Milwaukee rolled in this one, 128-115. It was not that close for most of the game.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – I mentioned this on Saturday after the Oklahoma City win, but Giannis should be considered for Eastern Conference Player of the Month. The things Giannis has done this month are truly special. He had 38 points, 18 rebounds and made a career-high 19 free throws. What Giannis is doing at the line should be catching your eye. He is shooting 75 percent from the line. The Bucks might have gone on a losing streak, but Giannis kept unlocking things in his game.
Player of the Game: Khris Middleton – Good to see Khris Middleton break out of his slump too. He scored 32 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and handed out six assists. Middleton also had four steals on defense, so, this was a full box score night for Middleton. He could not be stopped by the Kings. They were not a good matchup for him and Middelton got into his bag in the third quarter. Great night for Midds, and hopefully, this puts him on the right track for the remainder of the first half.
One thing to note: Bucks didn’t need the three tonight – Bucks kept attacking tonight. They did not settle for outside jumpers. They attacked the rack all night long. Milwaukee only made eleven threes. In most cases, that would spell trouble for the Bucks. Not tonight. Milwaukee did everything around the rim. That was led by Giannis and Middleton both on the attack all game long.
One thing to wonder: Are the Bucks back? – Not yet. Sacramento is playing some of the worst basketball in the league. They have two big ones against New Orleans and Los Angeles later this week. Bucks could use those wins to bolster their profile a bit. People are very down on the Bucks, and for good reason. But there were improvements on both Friday and Sunday.
Next up: Milwaukee welcomes Minnesota and their brand new coach on Tuesday. It will be his first game at the helm. Chris Finch, who was a Raptors assistant, takes over. Minnesota will have some energy playing for a new coach, but the Giannis Antetokounmpo versus Karl-Anthony Tows is a mismatch all day long. Look for another big night from the Greek Freak.