Bucks Buzz Vol. 18: Milwaukee Completes Brooklyn Sweep
I’m always curious what players think of playing the same team in consecutive games. They always give PC answers about it which is understandable but I wonder if it annoys them. Milwaukee Bucks probably would like to play Brooklyn all season. They completed a two-game sweep of Nets with a 112-103. Milwaukee will look to complete the season sweep in February when these teams meet for the final time of the season. This is the first time since 2010 since Bucks have won against the same opponent in two regular season games.
Player of the Game (Bucks): Matthew Dellavedova – Great game from Delly who goes for a season-high 18 points. Bucks had a very balanced scoring night, but Delly provided some great offense in the fourth quarter. He had some great floaters in the paint as Milwaukee scuffled out of the gate versus Nets. There are going to be nights where Bucks need Delly’s defense, and that’s it. Others will need some scoring from him. The latter happened on Saturday, and he helped his team.
(Not) Player of the Game (Bucks): Malcolm Brogdon – Rough night for The Prez who had only five points on 2-of-8 shooting. One of his rougher nights as a Buck but that happens as a young player. I did notice he holds onto the ball a little longer than preferred when taking the ball up the court. He runs himself into traffic for no real reason.
Player of the Game (Nets): Joe Harris – Man, it would have been a tough pill to swallow if Joe Harris was the reason Milwaukee lost this game. Harris played great in the second half. Maybe, it was due to having family in the crowd, but the former Virginia standout really impressed out there with 17 points with four threes and five rebounds.
Positive: Beasley Bench Celly’s – Last night was my second Bucks game I attended this season. This time I sat close to Bucks bench and man, it’s fun to watch Michael Beasley get hyped about ANYTHING. It’s so great. He’s always cheering on his teammates on the bench. Beas is a true cheerleader out there, which is something Milwaukee didn’t have last season.
Negative: Jason Kidd played with fire – At the end of the third quarter, Jason Kidd put in a full second unit without one starter. It’s comparable to when Bucks were up 20 in the final minutes of the game. Nets crawled their way back into the game and took the league at the start of the fourth. Finally, Kidd put back in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker around eight-minute mark and others followed along shortly thereafter. Would Kidd have done this against a high-quality team? No, probably not. Did he do this because Milwaukee plays five games in seven days starting Monday? Probably.
Next up: Milwaukee welcomes San Antonio to town. This is the first time Spurs will be here without Tim Duncan since the late 90’s. Bucks haven’t beat San Antonio since the 2012 season. To the surprise of no one, San Antonio is one of the best teams in the NBA. They’ve only lost once since November 9th. Bucks will have quite the challenge.