Three Things to Know About Bucks’ Coasting to an Easy Win Against Minnesota
Milwaukee Bucks did not have to do much work against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With Karl-Anthony Towns missing his second straight game, Milwaukee took advantage from the get-go and never looked back. Milwaukee scores a 130-105 victory winning their second straight game. This marks the end of the easy street game for Milwaukee. They will be playing playoff teams for the foreseeable future starting tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo did practice with the team on Tuesday but did not play against Minnesota. Will we see the return of the Greek Freak tonight against Atlanta?
1. Khris Middleton continues to break out of his mini-slump – Bucks fans did not overreact (Good job.) when Khris Middleton went into a little bit of a shooting funk last week. That appears to be over now. Middleton had a great game against Orlando on Sunday, and he followed it up on Wednesday with a strong performance against Minnesota. Middelton had 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists. He also went 9 for 15 from the field. This is a very good night for Midds. Let’s hope his now heater continues.
2. Brook Lopez’s second half surge – What Brook Lopez has done in the last few months has been very impressive. He reinvented his role with the Bucks. A guy who has been reinventing himself for a while now, it is cool to see him adapt once again. Lopez finished with 18 points, seven rebounds. He is averaging more points in February and March than he did in the first two montnhs of the season. Lopez clearly changed his game to attack the rack more and it’s paying off
3. P.J. Tucker returned to the bench mob – He did not do anything particular off the bench, but PJ Tucker made his persence known in this one. He had 10 minutes without a bucketb but pulled down three boards. As my podcast co-host Mitch said a few weeks ago, we need Tucker to be as well-rested as possible. It’s perfectly fine if he doesn’t do a ton in the regular season. That is not where the Bucks need him.
Milwaukee has a back-to-back heading down to Atlanta tonight. This one will be on primetime with TNT. The Hawks are playing much better basketball of late, but this is not a good matchup for Atlanta. They’ve lost 11 of their last 12 against Milwaukee, andi in most cases, it was no close. I expect Giannis Antetokounmpo to pl