Bradley Center Closes Regular Season with a Bucks Win
Bradley Center’s regular season history came to a close on Monday night. The next game the BC will host is Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference. From there, the Milwaukee Bucks may play one or two more games at the BC, or play another two to three. Time is running out on the old building. But what it will see is the Bucks were able to close out the Bradley Center’s regular season with a win. They beat Orlando, 102-86 and are now the 6th seed in the East.
This Eric Bledsoe for the playoffs, please
How can we ensure that this is the Eric Bledsoe that will be on the Bucks come Saturday or Sunday? It will be his first playoff appearance since 2013, and his first as a starter. Bledsoe played really well with a triple-double finishing with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He led the team and picked up the slack for a resting Giannis Antetokounmpo. That’s what Milwaukee needs in Giannis’ absence. Bledsoe took advantage of the weak Magic perimeter defense.
The return of the Prez
As the Bradley Center closes its regular season out, Malcolm Brogdon returned from injury after a long hiatus. It’s a huge boost to Milwaukee’s chances in the playoffs. He played on a minute limit only going for 14 minutes and had two points yet it’s nice to see him back out there. Brogdon should be the fifth starter in place of a struggling Tony Snell come Saturday or Sunday, but I’m not sure if Prunty is ready to put him in that position.
Shabazz Muhammad’s irrational confidence is my jam
I’m not a huge Bazz guy. I don’t think any of us are, but he’s the exact kind of player that Milwaukee missed most of the season. They didn’t have a guy who could just fill it up off the bench. Muhammad finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. He’s making a compelling case to get some minutes off theb bench in the playoffs. We’ll see if Joe Prunty agrees with his case. Muhammad seems to be above Sterling Brown in the pecking order.
Milwaukee plays Philadelphia with a ton on the line. Bucks win, they’re the sixth seed for the second straight year. It also means they’re playing Cleveland likely who gets back the three if Philly loses. Pending on tonight’s Celtics-Wizards game, Milwaukee could drop back to the 8th spot if Washington and Miami both win out. If the Wiz fall tonight, Milwaukee can’t go lower than the 7th spot.