Bucks Buzz Vol. 33: Milwaukee Closes Out Oklahoma City
Milwaukee Bucks have been here before. They’ve been involved with so many close games down the stretch, and the final five minutes were a complete disaster. Stats rate Bucks out as the worst clutch-rate in all of the league. That made it terrifying when they’re playing Oklahoma City and Russell Westbrook. One of the best point guards in the game and a straight up killer. Bucks didn’t let him it happen. They did just enough to pull it out against Thunder. Milwaukee finally has won two straight after exchanging wins for the last week.
Player of the Game: Greg Monroe (Bucks) – We talked about it earlier this week, but props to Greg Monroe. He handled his business again last night with 15 points and seven rebounds with seven of 10 from the field. Once again, Monroe excelled with having Malcolm Brogdon out on the court. He had 27 minutes on the floor which is the same amount he had last game against Chicago. Good news in this game is John Henson got going as well. Bucks big men starting to come together?
(Not) Player of the Game: Clean Sheet – There’s no one to criticize in this game. Bucks had a good game across the board, and even though Tony Snell had no points, he played pretty good defense on Westbrook. Thunder guard only had 30 points and struggled to get to the basket all night long. Snell deserves a great deal of credit for that.
Player of the Game: Steven Adams (Thunder) – While Milwaukee found a way to stop Westbrook, they couldn’t slow down Steven Adams. He went off for 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting with eight rebounds. Adams dominated the middle especially early on in this game. Credit to Bucks for shutting him down as the game went on, or Westbrook tried to do too much.
Positive: Brogdon for PG Prez – Sorry Matthew Dellavedova, it’s over for you as the starting point guard. Malcolm Brogdon continued to impress as the starter. He only went 3-for-12 from the field, but Brogdon played cool in the final minutes. Where Delly has been at his worst, it’s the final minutes of the game. Brogdon didn’t do any sort of YOLO ball, and he made two late free throws to ice Oklahoma City.
Negative: Woeful From the line – This hasn’t been a problem for Bucks this year, but they were really bad from the free throw line in this game. This could have been a resounding victory if Milwaukee shot better from the charity stripe. We won’t freak out about this until it becomes a trend.
Next up: Back to back with New York Knicks starting on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Bucks are catching Knicks at the right time losers of their last five, a banged up Kristaps Porzingis along with slew of other problems. Bucks have won six of the last eight meetings between the two teams.