Bucks Buzz: Winning West Coast Road Trip Is Real & Spectacular
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how this West Coast trip was a do-or-die two weeks for Milwaukee Bucks. I reserved myself to being okay with Bucks going .500 on the trip and coming back for a huge weekend at Bradley Center. That didn’t happen. Rather, Milwaukee won four of six games and continue their hot month of March. Milwaukee won four games on a road trip for the first time since 1988-1989.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) – For what it’s worth, Milwaukee is red-hot with Giannis’ worst month of the season. That reared to the other side on Wednesday night when The Alphabet went off with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 6 rebounds. Giannis put a complete monster of a line here. He knew no one on Sacramento could guard him and just went to work early and often. Once Antetokounmpo realizes most of the league can’t hold him, he’s going to excel.
(Not) Player of the Game: Tony Snell (Bucks) – The Snelly Cat struggled in Sactown with only three points and he only took three shots. Sometimes, there’s not enough ball to go around. Snell is having a nice month, but the West Coast wasn’t kind to him with some tough outings. He’ll bounce back though.
Player of the Game: Buddy Hield (Kings) – When Buddy Hield went to Sacramento and their batshit crazy owner called him ‘Steph Curry-like’, I worried that he would fall under pressure, but Hield has done alright. Hield finished with 16 points and did some nice things on the court. Defense is still a work in progress but the shot is there.
Positive: Make it rain from deep – Milwaukee made 16 three pointers tonight, one off their highest total of the season which happened against Indiana. Any time it seems like Sacramento was getting close, Bucks would drain a three right in their eye. Khris Middleton, Jason Terry and Mirza Teletovic all led the way with three 3-pointers.
Negative: Why be mad? – There’s nothing to be mad about here. Milwaukee won 10 of their last 12 games. They are the fucking six seed in the Eastern Conference which is WILD to think about where we started this month having Milwaukee seven games under .500. They’re one back on the fifth seed. Bucks are the hottest team in basketball.
Next up: A huge game with reeling Atlanta Hawks. In a way, this is a little like Memphis last Monday playing a team who has lost five straight. They may be without Paul Millsap whose bothered by a knee injury. If he can’t go, that doesn’t typically bode well for Atlanta who hasn’t won a game without him. Bucks are looking to avoid the sweep from Atlanta and payback for the last time these two met in the Bradley Center.