If tonight was a harbinger of what our basketball-watching future is going to be like, we're going to have a lot of threes, a lot of spacing, and a lot of Giannis dominance. What more could you ask for from the last preseason game before competitive play begins?
Uncharacteristically, Milwaukee's starting unit had a poor start to the game. Offensively, turnovers were coming aplenty thanks to miscommunication and poor passing decisions through traffic, though the saving grace was a slow-starting Timberwolves lineup sans Jimmy Butler.
Things quickly worked themselves out come the second quarter, when, uh, the Bucks went absolutely supernova. Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 pts, 11 rebs, 10 asts) did damn near everything to unlock an offensive barrage that would put Milwaukee up 80 to 53 at the half.
There was no slowing down in the third quarter with Milwaukee tossing in 36 more points to push the line to 116-83. In the final frame, it was all subs all the time, and Milwaukee would cruise to a solid win, .
Tonight was, in a word, fun. The flashes of an elite offense we saw in the first preseason matchup against the Bulls returned, but in tighter form. I’ve got not a clue what the ceiling is for this team's scoring capabilities, but there's something exciting about having the ability to simply drown opponents under a point avalanche on a daily basis.
Beyond the starting unit doing their thing (they'd combine for 89), the other players of note include Christian Wood, who made the most of his final curtain call to tally 19 points and seven rebounds, and Tyler Zeller and Tim Frazier putting together two points, two rebounds, and two assists combined. I'm not sure if GM Jon Horst has come to conclusion as to who will stay and who will go, but if you're Team Christian you have to come away feeling good heading into roster trim day.
Stat That Stood Out
So, uh, can anyone recall any games in the past four seasons where 11 Bucks made a three? We've harped on it since the start of exhibition play, but Mike Budenholzer hasn't wasted any time in mutating this roster into a modern NBA offense. Shake, NBA opponents, for thy executioner is arrived, and thy doom goes by ‘Milwaukee’.
Bring on the regular season!