Bucks Buzz: Pacers Pulverize Bucks
It’s safe to say that the Bucks ran into a buzzsaw last night in Indianapolis. Pacers are red hot. They’ve now won five straight games. They got Victor Oladipo back who has been out with an injury for the last nine games. The team was hyped and showed it on Wednesday night with a dominating 113-97 victory over Milwaukee. It’s a tough loss for the Bucks as they lose their ninth game of the season. Indiana looks like a threat to chase the Bucks for the Central Division lead as the Pacers are only a half game back of the Milwaukee for the Central division lead. It’s early but the Pacers look like a contender to challenge Milwaukee all season.
Player of the Game: Eric Bledsoe – Even if the Bucks weren’t on their A game, Bledsoe continued to roll for the team. Bledsoe finished with 26 points on eleven-of-16 shooting with six assists. This is the fourth game in six where Bledsoe scored more than 20 points. He’s averaging 19.2 per game in his last five games. It’s good to see Bledsoe get some shine here during Khris Middleton’s malaise. He’s taking over as the second option for the team at this moment.
Silver Star: Thaddeus Young – What a night for Thad Young. He finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 12 points. Young usually gets a bad rep for being a terrible defender, but he did a good job versus Antetokounmpo last night. He held the Greek Freak in check minus a huge dunk in the first half. Young led the Pacers in their convincing victory. It’s the most points Young had all season in a game.
Positive: Didn’t get beat by turnovers – That’s all I got for this one. Milwaukee looked really bad tonight. Turnovers didn’t beat them with only eleven in the game, but that’s all you can say from a positive side of things. Bucks haven’t had many games like this where they were beat from the absolute get-go by a team.
Negative: Khris Middleton needs to wake up – Whatever is wrong with Khris Middleton, the Bucks need to fix it. Whether, there’s more smoke to the coaches and him not getting along, or he’s trying too hard to break out of his cold streak, it’s not working for him. Middleton made four of his attempted 18 shots last night. He had the most shot attempts of any player. Giannis only shot the ball seven fucking times last night. Seven. That’s not winning basketball. Middleton and Brook Lopez both looked for their shot far too much last night.
Highlight of the night: Giannis’ sweet dunk- Oh, Giannis with the ball in his hands, imagine that.
Them: Why do you call him The Greek Freak?
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Next Up: Bucks head to Cleveland for another matchup with the Cavs. They get Giannis playing in this one, and Cleveland will be without Tristan Thompson. It worked out fine against the Knicks last night, but my guess is that will not be the same for Milwaukee, although, the Bucks need to remained focused. Cannot afford to trip up in this one.