Bucks Buzz Vol. 15: Bucks Big Men Come Up Big
Milwaukee Bucks finally saw some production from their big men, and it paid off in a major way as Bucks were victorious for a second time in a week versus Orlando Magic. This time on the road, which hasn’t been easy for Bucks. They’ve only won a couple games this year on the road, and Milwaukee struggled at Orlando losing their last 20 of 21.
Player of the Game (Bucks): John Henson – What a game from Henson. He gets the start from Jason Kidd and rewards him with his best game of the year. Henson scored 20 points with seven rebounds. Henson looked great making shots from all over the post. He did a great job against whatever Orlando threw at him. Let’s hope this is the sign of things to come from Bucks big man. My guess is he will get the start again versus Cleveland.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks): Jabari Parker – Rough night for him. He only scored nine points and didn’t really find himself in this game. He looked invisible at certain points, and at one point, I asked Mitch, ‘Is Jabari playing tonight or is he resting?’ Parker did grab seven rebounds and four assists, but still, there wasn’t enough from him on the offensive end.
Player of the Game (Magic): Evan Fournier – He’s one of those players who always plays well against Milwaukee every time out. Tonight was no different. Fournier finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists. He had one of the best nights of the season for Orlando and himself. Magic struggled scoring all year, and they received a boost from their shooting guard.
Positive: Monroe and bench came to play – As mentioned, Henson had a great game and so did Greg Monroe. One of the best games for the Moose, and it’s clear he’s out of Jason Kidd’s doghouse. Monroe finished with 11 and 7. Bucks had two other bench scorers in double-figures as Malcolm Brogdon had 13 and Michael Beasley had 12. If Bucks keep getting this production out of their bench, they’ll beat many teams.
Negative: Kidd gambled and won with Giannis – This is nitpicking. Not much was wrong with Milwaukee’s game tonight, but if we had to chose one, it had to do with Jason Kidd holding out Giannis Antetokounmpo for as long as he did in the fourth quarter. Giannis didn’t get back in until a little after the fifth minute mark in the fourth.
Next up: Bucks head back home to face Cleveland on a Tuesday night. Cavs offense has been on fire of late, and Bucks provide a challenge for them. They beat Cleveland in a classic double-overtime game last November. If Bucks win Tuesday, they’ll be 8-8 to finish November.