Bucks Buzz: Bucks Recover & Explode After Slow Start
The first quarter felt like the Milwaukee Bucks might not have had everything on Wednesday. They were down 12 to begin the second period after a dreadfully slow start. They came out ice cold missing threes, turning the ball over and being a shell of themselves for the first three games. The Philadelphia 76ers got off to a fast start not looking like a team that had played five periods 24 hours ago. That all changed in the second quarter as the Bucks had 49 points led by Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They never looked back as the Sixers ran out of steam. Milwaukee won emphatically 123-108 and wins their fourth straight game.
Player of the Game: Brook Lopez – Sure, Giannis had a triple-double, but Lopez found his three-point stroke early on in this game. He made four threes early on and paved the way for the Bucks big second quarter. One of the newest Bucks finished the game with 21 points and three blocks. Lopez is also such a force at boxing out. He doesn’t get rebounds. He lets his teammates grab them, and it’s part of the reason why Giannis’ boards are way up this year.
Honorable Mention: Giannis Antetokounmpo – To me, this was the first game where I felt like Giannis played at his peak level. Where he didn’t try too much and just gave buckets to the Sixers. The Greek Freak’s line looked like this on Wednesday with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. He had another other worldly night and continues to look like one of the best players in the league.
One Thing I Like: The Big Ragu hustle – I can see why Donte DiVencenzo is getting early run with the Bucks. The guy busts his ass when he’s on the court. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who watched Big East basketball, but Donte is a grinder, man. He had five points but added six rebounds as well. He is okay with not scoring and just doing the little things. It’s amazing that he’s done more for the Bucks in the first four games of the season than Rashad Vaughn or D.J. Wilson did for their careers.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Slow, sloppy start – Here’s the thing, this is a game where you could come out sluggish. Sizers played the night before, and they did not have fresh legs. Bucks took advantage of that later in the game. A part of me listening to Ted Davis realized that this would all be fine. Against fresh teams, that might not be the case.
Next up: Milwaukee heads to the Twin Cities for a border showdown with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bucks split the series with the T’Wolves last year, but Minnesota is chalked full of dysfunction right now. They may be without Andrew Wiggins whose battling a quad injury, but we will get to see the Jimmy Butler versus Giannis showdown.