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Things are bleak but not over

Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Five Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

I get the frustration, I get the anger, I get the feeling of hopelessness. Milwaukee losing its third game in a row hurts. The team that steamrolled its way all season are falling prone to mental errors, not grabbing offensive rebounds, and whatever is going on with Fred VanVleet and Norm Powell. Things are bleak for Milwaukee so now it’s a matter of where does the team go from here?

The return of this starting lineup can be the key, the one that got Milwaukee this far; the one that is the Bucks best lineup, with its combination of talent and defense. Play that lineup as long as you can, 40+ minutes should be the minimum for starters. Can someone from the bench not named George Hill step up in the same way Toronto’s bench guys have? Why not have a weird outlier shooting game from Ersan again? Or Nikola Mirotic suddenly plays like the guy the Bucks traded for; #FreeDJ, well why not, at this point you throw everything you can in this must win. Will Milwaukee’s poor half court offense continue to be bad? I don’t think so, even if I have been telling myself that for the past two weeks. The Bucks are capable of blowing by every team at any point, so why not now? Each of these losses seem to have a different feel and form of hurt. Game 3, things JUST not breaking your way. Game 4, simply outplayed and in Game 5, not putting together a complete game. Milwaukee has one game to stay alive. This team has to respond, shots have to fall and things need to break right for them.

So what can we do? We believe, we still have hope this team CAN win Game 6. Is it going to be tough? Yes. Do things seem bleak and everything I’m saying seem like hollow words? Possibly, but you still have to have the thought that Milwaukee can at least win Game 6 and the series overall. Maybe it’s the fact that I have been high on this team all year, maybe it’s because I refuse to think the Best Bucks team in my lifetime is going down like this. But until Toronto wins that 4th game, I am still going to say the Bucks can win this series.

The Hype Train has lost a lot of people. It feels empty and a little lonely, but a captain goes down with his ship and I plan on doing the same if need be. Hopefully I won’t have to if Milwaukee pulls this out.

#TrustTheBucks cause you got nothing else to lose.