Does Bucks Sweep Of Bulls Mean Anything?
This might shock you, but I’m a big fan of complaining about little things when the opportunity presents itself. I complained on the podcast this week about Milwaukee Bucks playing three straight back-to-back affairs with three teams. So far, they’re proving me wrong it’s a bad thing. Bucks swept Chicago in two games in both blowout fashion. December is proving to be quite a wide range of emotions for Milwaukee’s fan base.
It’s hard not to get a little excited to see Bucks insert their dominance against Bulls team who has owned them in the past couple of years including a playoff victory. It’s a mini rivalry between the two teams. Jabari Parker told reporters how these games mean more to him given it’s his hometown team who he rooted for. Even though Bulls missed the playoffs last season, they still are an upper echlon team from a public-facing perspective. Milwaukee’s young team kicking the ass of Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler says something to the national NBA fan even if we need to have a convo if Bulls are secretly bad.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had two strong games versus Chicago with 30-14-3 on Thursday and 22-11-7 on Friday. He continues to be a force on offense, and Bulls, who have strong perimeter defenders, had no answer for him. He played great in both games. Parker gave his hometown squad buckets on Thursday night with 28 points. Nothing will make a home crowd happier to see the two stars combine for 58 points. The other thing Milwaukee did well last week was held on to big leads, which is refreshing after the week prior’s debacles.
— Tim Wray (@TRW24) December 17, 2016
Bucks were up by large margins in both games. Things got close on Thursday with Bulls cutting it to six at one point in the fourth, but Milwaukee weathered the storm nicely. They’re not a half court team, and Jason Kidd needs to keep the pedal pushed even with big leads. Bucks imposed their will on Friday with a 25-point blowout, Milwaukee’s largest margin of victory this season. Bulls may have given up, but that’s left to be determined. Here’s some jaw-dropping numbers from these two games.
MIL 95, CHI 69. So in 96 minutes across consecutive nights, 2 cities, Bucks outscore Bulls 203-166. Bulls led by max 2p for mere 63 seconds.
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) December 17, 2016
Milwaukee stars their second back-to-back with Cleveland on Tuesday. Due to Milwaukee beating Cavs earlier this year, I don’t think LeBron James will be taking these games off. The Tuesday game should be filled with high energy since the last meeting was such an ass-kicking. If Bucks can pull another game from Cleveland especially Tuesday, these two games might carry more water.