The Milwaukee Bucks are providing a holiday cheer for the fans. As the Bango express goes through New York as the Bucks look to have another easy night against the New York Knicks, who they slaughtered 132-88 earlier this month on the beginning of a back to back.
Despite losing a close game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Milwaukee rebounded with one of its most impressive wins of the year beating the Los Angeles Lakers. Giannis Antetokounmpo is hitting threes, Wes Matthews is guarding LeBron James well, Kyle Korver was holding his own defensively and despite losing Eric Bledsoe, the guard rotation has been fine. Wes Matthews looks to be doubtful with a thigh injury and Eric Bledsoe is maybe starting to get a little bit bored while injured.
Bucks Player to watch: George Hill
George Hill still hasn’t missed, in case you were wondering. While it was somewhat surprising to see him continue to come off the bench while Eric Bledsoe is out, Hill is still playing some of the best basketball in his career and had an impressive 21 point performance against the Lakers Thursday night. The Knicks’ lack of good guards should allow Hill to continue his hot play.
This team isn’t good but they have been better of late. After firing coach David Fizdale and replacing him with Mike Miller (no, not the former player) New York is 3-3 with him running the show. While the wins were against the not so good Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and underachieving Sacramento Kings; it’s still better than what fans were seeing earlier.
Knicks Player to watch: RJ Barrett
Eesh talk about a player that is struggling; Barrett has not been efficient with his shooting scoring 14.2 points per game on 39% shooting from the field and 30% from three. There were questions on if he can be efficient or just the chucker and the rookie from Duke has mainly shown the latter. He’s still young and there isn’t anyone else on this team with scoring ability so it does fall on him. Luckily if you’re going to play this style, at least do it with the expectation that not much will be expected from you.
Game 30: Against New York, the Bucks will...
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