Korver’s Three Balls Bury the Bucks
I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the last two Milwaukee Bucks home openers. They lost both those games, but the atmosphere change in less than a calendar year is nothing short than amazing. The juice in the gym was electric. A sellout crowd gave Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘MVP’ chants and the pop for him during introductions were louder than any I’ve heard at the Bradley Center. You know how this team is really making waves here in the city? There were so few Cavaliers and LeBron jerseys in the arena. It was amazing to see all of the Bucks gear and pride for the team. It’s too bad Kyle Korver and others had to ruin the fun for the home crowd.
Things I like
Giannis outplays LeBron – One of the highlights of this game was watching Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated the head-to-head matchup with LeBron James. Now, the King has a gimpy ankle, but still, it’s enjoyable to watch your guy be better than the best player in the league. Giannis nearly notched a triple-double with 34 points, eight boards and seven assists. If you live around the area, you’re doing yourself a disservice to not see Antetokounmpo once this season.
Things I didn’t like
Can’t get beat by Kyle Korver – It’s funny on Tuesday night I listened to CBS Radio’s Scott Ferrell ragged on Kyle Korver and how awful he is then the 37-year-old sharpshooter turned back the block for a big game. Korver finished the game with 17 points including three straight threes in the third quarter that pushed the game out for Cleveland. Get beat by James or Kevin Love, not Korver.
Giannis needs help – Last night, we saw the importance of Jabari Parker. Giannis did not have anyone to help him out on offense. Malcolm Brogdon had a productive game, but everyone else went ice cold for the most part. Khris Middleton, especially, had another rough game from the field. He went 3-of-10 missing all of his threes. Having a guy like Parker in there would have definitely alleviated some of those problems, and those whom may think Milwaukee is better without the former overall number two pick may reconsider that point.
Bucks are back in action with a near sellout at the Bradley Center again going up against the Portland Trail Blazers who have won their first two games this season in blowout fashion. Damian Lillard is off to a hot start, and this should be a fun one tonight.