Bucks Buzz Vol. 17: No Letdown In Brooklyn
Milwaukee Bucks could have easily let down tonight playing lowly Brooklyn Nets. Some might have expected it. The ‘classic Bucks’ would have dropped this game. A part of me wants to believe this isn’t your older Bucks team. Nights like this are making me want to believe even more. Bucks absolutely destroyed Brooklyn in the second half to pull away from a blowout victory.
Player of the Game (Bucks): Giannis Antetokounmpo – You know, I would love to give this award to another player, but when Giannis has his hand in everything Milwaukee does, it’s hard not to give them the honor for the game. Giannis’ stat line for the night was 23 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks. The best thing about this stat line is The Greek (Shouts to Uncle Bill) didn’t play the fourth quarter. Scary stuff.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks): Greg Monroe: Tough night for Moose off the bench. He’s played well in the past couple weeks, but tonight isn’t one of them. Monroe finished with only two points in 20 minutes. Moose had three turnovers as well which isn’t great for the big man. Tomorrow is a new day.
Player of the Game (Nets): Sean Kilpatrick – Not as good of a night as Tuesday when he dropped 38 against Los Angeles, but he had a good line with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Kilpatrick played on Bucks Summer League team once upon a time, and they couldn’t find a spot for him. That has to hurt. Good news for Brooklyn, it looks like they have a valued trade asset.
Positive: Fourth Quarter without Giannis – Milwaukee pulled away from Brooklyn tonight without having Antetokounmpo on the court. Yes, this is against the Nets, but this is an important thing for Milwaukee to learn how to do – Score without their leader out there. Mirza Teletovic found his stroke and played a large part in Bucks extending their blowout.
Negative: Turnovers were a little heavy – Not much to bitch about in this game, but Milwaukee had 18 turnovers. This feels high when playing a team like Brooklyn. They need to do better holding on to the basketball.
Next Up: Would you look at that, it’s Brooklyn again. They meet for a late Saturday afternoon matinee affair.