Bucks Buzz: Sunday Scaries Continue For Milwaukee
Sundays haven’t been good to Milwaukee Bucks this season. They’ve won exactly one game on Sunday all season, and it was a struggle to get that one versus Phoenix. Milwaukee might need to petition the league to avoid playing on this date, and maybe the players need to switch up their Saturday night routine when there’s a game on Sunday. Chicago Bulls didn’t get swept by kids from Cream City as they dominated the second half with a 109-94 victory.
Player of the Game (Bucks) – Giannis Antetokounmpo: No one really on Bucks played well, but Giannis gets the honor with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Antetokounmpo did what he could out there with not much help around him. I wouldn’t say this was an example of Giannis carrying the offensive load, but there wasn’t much else happening out there.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks) – Khris Middleton: So should we worry about Khris Middleton? I’m not going to be too concerned honestly. Thabo Sefolasha and Jimmy Butler are great defenders. This could be a trend where teams assign their best defensive player to Middleton instead of Antetokounmpo. Middleton is 7 for his last 30 from the field. If you add the game against Sacramento, it’s 12 for 41. Good news, Charlotte, their next opponent, can’t guard wings for shit.
Player of the Game (Bulls) – Jimmy Butler: We could go with Nikola Mirotic who continues to be the most confusing player on the planet (Shouts to the DFS folks who feel my pain), but we’ll go with Butler. He went off for 20 points, a career-high 14 assists and 6 rebounds. He was the best player on the court and continues to look great since Dwyane Wade’s elbow injury. Bulls might have something with him and Rajon Rondo.
Positive: Turnovers were not an issue – If we want to take something good away from this game is Milwaukee Bucks only had nine turnovers in the game. They aren’t a turnover-happy team compared to teams in the past, but it’s always a good thing to see the turnover number less than 10.
Negative: Defense was not an option Sunday – Boy, they were bad in the second half on the defensive side of the ball. Chicago went 14-for-21 from the field in the third quarter, and it carried them for the remainder of the game. Bulls were 10-of-21 from three with Mirotic doing most of the heavy lifting. He’s a bad matchup for Milwaukee.
Next up: Milwaukee heads to Charlotte where they’re meeting for the first time since Opening Night. Hornets beat them down pretty good that night, but Giannis went off for 31 in that game. But a lot has changed. Hornets are not the team people thought they were in October, and Bucks are probably better than expected. Hornets have won four of their last five against Bucks. NBA Playoff race stays quiet on Monday, but it picks back up on Tuesday with Hawks taking on Phoenix and Pacers with the suddenly struggling Timberwolves.