Bucks Buzz: Giannis Gets His MSG Revenge
Revenge is not typically a dish you’re having on Christmas. But Giannis Antetokounmpo needed some revenge on Christmas morning. After the Bucks fell Knicks in early December in a tough overtime loss where the Bucks blew a 15-point lead, Khris Middleton didn’t play in the second half and Mario Hezonja walked over Giannis, revenge was definitely in the cards. Giannis did get his with a dominating 30 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals performance. Bucks had no issues with the Knicks this time around with a comfortable 109-95 victory.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – The revenge happened for Giannis from a perspective of the Nicks, but Hezonja did not play in this game. Bucks play the Knicks tomorrow at Fiserv Forum, and if Hezonja doesn’t play in this one, I hope Giannis pulls a Baker Mayfield staring his ass down. Giannis played really well in his first Christmas game. This will certainly not be the Bucks last game on Christmas Day, and I hope Milwaukee gets one for themself in the coming years. That would be a blast.
Silver Star: Brook Lopez – This is a good game for Lopez that we haven’t seen in his tenure at Milwaukee. He only had one three pointer, but Lopez scored 20 points. He made nine free throws and had 5-of-10 from the field mostly inside the arc. Lopez provided the secondary scoring as Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton both struggled yesterday. That was huge for Milwaukee.
Positive: The bright lights didn’t bother Milwaukee – One of the more encouraging about these Bucks is that the moment has never seemed big for them. If they’ve been on ESPN or TNT this season, it isn’t like ‘Oh shit, Bucks on primetime,’ rather it’s just another game for the Bucks. That’s a great development. It doesn’t matter to them, which is the best thing for this Bucks team.
Negative: Middleton’s struggles continue – Khris Middleton continues to have some issues with scoring. He went two-of-12 from the field and only scored six points. I’m not sure what’s really going on with him, but I almost wonder if he gets sat for a couple games to just refresh his body. Middleton needs to attack the lane and maybe go back to some of the older things he did that frustrated Bucks fans in the past.
Next up: Bucks and Knicks get together yet again in December but this time in Milwaukee. Bucks have been great at home this year only losing three times. This will be the fourth time Milwaukee and New York play each other in the first couple months. Milwaukee will look for their sixth win in seven games.