It's the last game of the Milwaukee Bucks' 2014-2015 regular season, and what a remarkable one it's been. Few among us expected to be gearing up for the playoffs when the season tipped off, and none of us was even entertaining the idea that Jabari Parker would miss most of the season with a nasty injury. We saw the Bucks trade their starting point guard and leading scorer, we saw a former trade "throw in" grow into arguably the team's best player, and we saw a key member of the roster simply walk away from professional basketball.
After all that, the Bucks find themselves matched up against the team just behind them in the standings, and while playoff seeding isn't subject to the outcome of this one, there's a certain amount of symbolic value to earning a win tonight. Victory means the Bucks finish two games over .500, a winning team in the purest sense of the term. Defeat, and it's yet another season stuck in neutral. Objectively, that's a silly distinction, and it won't mean much a week from now. But then, this whole season has been about changing the way the Milwaukee Bucks do things, and we've been looking for the symbolic value all along. Why deride progress with the same old tired complaints. Playoffs, baby! Get the W! Loud noises!
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Bucks vs. Celtics Fantasy Tip
Ready to trust Michael Carter-Williams? In his last four games MCW is averaging 23 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals while shooting over 60% from the field. Those are ridiculous numbers, the sort that only appear for flashes before regression drags them back into the haze of season-long averages. But now seems like a good time to capitalize on MCW's obvious comfort level--he's looked like a different player lately, more comfortable and in-sync with his teammates and coach, and that's been reflected in his numbers.
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