Bucks Buzz Vol. 26: Milwaukee Shows They Belong
So close. Milwaukee Bucks fell to Cleveland Cavaliers in a tough overtime defeat, 114-108. Bucks battled back from being down 18 points in the first half to force overtime, and they had a lead in the extra period, yet they couldn’t hold on. Milwaukee did their best in a great game from the home team. Bucks continue to look like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Sure, they are 13-13, but Bucks are coming for the elite of the league.
Player of the Game (Bucks): Jabari Parker – What a game from Jabari. He continues to be on a tear in the month of December. Giannis is a lock to be an All-Star in my opinion, but if Bucks continue to win a little bit more in January, Parker deserves a spot too. Parker continues to be great and tough to defend. He finished with 30 points and 9 rebounds. To see him bulled LeBron James, Tristan Thompson in the post and go to the hoop is phenomenal. He’s averaging 21 points in nine games for the month of December.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks): Matthew Dellavedova – This is a rough stretch for Delly. I’m not sure if Jason Kidd needs to switch up his rotations or what yet Dellavedova is in a funk. He missed a couple big shots in the fourth and overtime. They weren’t bad shots for the most part, but still, it hurt Milwaukee. Hopefully, Delly will break out.
Player of the Game (Cavaliers): LeBron James – There’s a reason why LeBron James is the greatest player on the face of this earth. James hit the biggest shot of the game with a massively deep three with 24 seconds left in overtime to take the lead. James finished with 34 points in a steady, strong game. He also added 12 rebounds and seven assists. James is just the best, and it’s really hard to bring him down.
Positive: Giannis did it from the line – Not the best Giannis game we’ve seen, but Antetokounmpo found a way to score 25 points. Giannis did most of his work from the free throw line. The Milwaukee guard made 13 of 15 free throws then added five shots from the field. My guess is he will come back with a vengeance tomorrow.
Negative: Way too much from three- Bucks allowed 17 threes from the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s not going to win many games whether they’re facing Cleveland or Brooklyn. It’s not a good effort from Bucks from the field. A part of me gives them a slight pass with how Cleveland moved the ball around the court.
Next up: Same team, different place. Milwaukee and Cleveland meet again at the Q tomorrow night. Cavs won both games in the Factory of Sadness last year.