Bucks Buzz: Sundays Continue To Not Be For Bucks
Heading into Sunday’s game against Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks were one game away from guaranteeing a .500 season. Dallas Mavericks had been elimination from the playoffs last night, and they only had 10 wins away from their home arena. That didn’t stop Dallas at all in this one. They take of Bucks with a 109-105 victory with a huge fourth quarter from Harrison Barnes. Sundays continue to be a pain point for this Milwaukee team as they are 2-7 for the season.
Player of the Game (Bucks) – Giannis Antetokounmpo: What a fucking weekend for Giannis. In the last two games, he’s nearly went for a triple-double in both games just missing an assist in both. Antetokounmpo played great in this one with 31 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. He was a force in this game. No one on Dallas could really keep up with The Alphabet. I hope no one is thinking about leaving Giannis off their first or second team All-NBA teams.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks) – Khris Middleton: This hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for Middleton. He played well versus Detroit, but that’s about it. Man, this game sucked for him on both sides of the ball. Barnes torched him on defense in what was a bad matchup in the fourth, and Middleton couldn’t make a deep shot to save his soul going 1-for-8 from three.
Player of the Game (Mavs) – Harrison Barnes: I’ve already said how he basically changed the fourth quarter and the game itself. Barnes finished with 31 points with 15 points in the fourth. Barnes killed Bucks in the past and did the same thing on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully for Milwaukee, they only see Barnes twice a year.
Positive: Thon Maker continues to show things – An update in what seems to be a big deal is Thon Maker continues to look like a real basketball player. Maker scored 11 points in 20 minutes of game action. He looked a little lost early in the game as Dirk Nowitzki had his way from deep. Maker helped bring Bucks back in the first half with eight straight points then a three to open up scoring in the second. Really good stuff from him.
Negative: Sundays hurt this team – Maybe I’m wrong, but I believe the league consults with their teams about what days and times work for the team. Hence why Milwaukee played multiple games at 2:30 on Sunday afternoons. That said, Sundays have been a horror show for this team. Yet the draw for these games are pretty great. Would the interest still be there if the game is at 4:00 pm? I wonder if Milwaukee tries to look at different times for these Sunday games.
Next up: We have a triple-double off with Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night. If you can remember, Milwaukee is one of the teams that hasn’t allowed Westbrook a triple-double. They’re going to try like hell to prevent