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PODCAST: Bucks-Pacers reaction, including Jabari’s jumpers and Giannis’ takeover

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, Frank and I recorded the newest Locked on Bucks podcast roughly 90 minutes after the Bucks beat the Pacers 125-107.

As I read Twitter and the comments section today, part of me wished we would have had a scheduling conflict and needed to record the podcast today because I started to get a strange feeling:

In the classic Parks and Recreation episode referenced above, the department is told of a new contract that they will be signing with Sweetums for Nutriyum bars, which are supposed to be health bars that will be sold to children at local parks. They are packed with sugar, but since no one at the department took a closer look at the label, they gobbled down a bunch of them because they couldn’t believe how something healthy could taste so good. When Ann Perkins shows up, she’s horrified to look at the label to find that the bars are loaded with sugar and that everyone in the Parks and Rec office feels great because they are in the middle of a sugar high.

Now I don’t want to say that the Bucks’ performance in the last two games is not both healthy and delicious, but it might be best to take a closer look at the label before sticking those bars into parks and turning our kids into “husky, big-boned, plus-sized chunk monsters”.

I will not tell people to avoid enjoying a monster performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo (in which he outplayed Paul George) because it was awesome. And I will not turn people away from celebrating Jabari Parker scoring 27 points (with career highs in three point makes and attempts) because it was really cool. I will, however, suggest that eating only one or two Nutriyum bars is a better idea than gobbling down 50 of them in one sitting.

On today’s podcast, we discussed:

The Bucks looking like their preseason promises. The Bucks played fast-paced and scored 125 points. The Bucks shot 27 threes. The Bucks scored 34 points on the 21 turnovers that they forced. That is a large majority of the things Bucks fans were promised during the preseason.

Giannis and Jabari trusting their jump shots. Parker shot two times as many threes last night than he had in any other game in his career. Antetokounmpo used a shot from the top of the key to get by Paul George in the fourth quarter. Both players set their feet throughout the game and created some shot equity (copyright: Brett Koremenos).

The entire team contributing to the victory. It is easy to point to the Bucks’ two young stars when trying to explain a win, but the entire roster pitched in on Thursday night. Greg Monroe tallied 16 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists. Tony Snell was solid again and helped stretch the floor. Jason Terry gave the Bucks a boost off the bench.

Brogdon playing well for the second straight game. Throughout summer league and the preseason, Malcolm Brogdon has looked the part. Brogdon looks like a well-polished, smart, capable backup point guard who takes care of the ball and hits open threes, but he struggled to shoot from deep and turned the ball over in the preseason and the Bucks first few games of the season. He has appeared quite a bit more comfortable in the Bucks’ last two games.

Thon Maker’s first NBA buckets. Maker played the final 1:17 against the Pacers and managed to get two threes off. He hit both of those threes, his first two NBA baskets. People enjoyed it!