Bucks Buzz: Wins Keep Comin’ without Giannis
Milwaukee Bucks did not have Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight. The NBA superstar sat out tonight with a stiff neck. Bucks didn’t need him. Milwaukee dominated Cleveland in a rousing 108-92 victory as the Bucks win their second straight game for the first time since late November. This was a good win by the Bucks for a multitude of reasons. First being they did not seem hungover at all from last night’s win. Bucks could have sleep walked into the arena and had this game close throughout yet it didn’t happen. Instead, they had a lead from the jump, and they did not look back tonight.
Player of the Game: Eric Bledsoe – With Giannis out, it’s either Khris Middleton or Bledsoe who steals the show usually. Bledsoe took over this one early and often. Bledsoe finished the game with 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds with five assists as well. Bledsoe played really well dicing through the Cleveland guards which isn’t a surprise. Bledsoe played with a purpose tonight. People give him shit, but the guy gives it his all every damn time.
Silver Star: Malcolm Brogdon – Another good night for the President who keeps his heater going on Monday night. Brogdon finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Brogdon and Bledsoe traded off being the leading scorer all night. Brogdon played very aggressively attacking the Cavs’ defense. They did not have an answer for him or Bledsoe.
Thing I Like: Effort was at A+ – As mentioned, this Bucks team could have let Cleveland hang around and looked lazy in the first half after a big win on Sunday. That didn’t happen. Milwaukee came guns blazing and never let Cleveland gain any momentum. That’s the type of win you want to see from this team playing inferior opportents.
Thing I Didn’t Like: Thon Maker fails to take advantage – This could have been a breakout night for Thon. No Giannis, it gave Maker an opportunity to make a difference and get more clock. That didn’t happen. Maker played poorly only scoring six points in a forgettable 16 minutes of play. He could have been much more of a factor.
Highlight of the Night: Sterling Brown throwing an oop to D.J. Wilson – The 2017 Draft for the Bucks combined for 19 points tonight. It’s likely the best they’ve done in the last two years. Second round pick Brown found Wilson for a sick ally-oop. HORST!
Next up: Bucks head out for the Rust Belt Roadie and take on Indiana. It’s their first matchup with the Pacers since they blew them out earlier this season. No Victor Oladipo for the Pacers, but that hasn’t phased Indiana too much. They’re 7-4 without their star player this season.