UNITED. pic.twitter.com/RCUuGY4HMN— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 7, 2021
On a day where almost anything other than basketball was a main focus, the Milwaukee Bucks won easily against the Detroit Pistons, 130-115.
Both teams participated in a demonstration to start the game, likely acknowledging both the decision earlier this week by the Kenosha County district attorney to not press charges in the police shooting of Jacob Blake and the attempted insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. today. It’s impossible to not acknowledge these things, considering the Blake shooting is what precipitated the Bucks’ wildcat strike in the Orlando bubble and the events in the American capital...I don’t even know what to say. I really don’t, at least not in this forum. “Disgraceful” doesn’t go nearly far enough, most words fail to do the job.
Anyways, there was a basketball game tonight. Once play started, the Bucks raced out to a double-digit lead almost immediately, scoring 44 in the first quarter. They didn’t let up in the second quarter either, scoring 38 in the period for a healthy 82-56 lead at halftime. Threes were falling, the paint was as open as it was on Monday, and the Pistons defenders put forth as much effort protecting their space as the Capitol Police. The second half brought more of the same, for anybody who managed to stay tuned into the blowout.
Stat That Stood Out
Milwaukee’s offense was the major upgrade of the offseason, and it showed tonight in both their shooting and their ball movement. Once again this season, the Bucks eclipsed 40% accuracy from deep with ease (19/43, 44.2%), and they set a season high with 35 assists. To be clear, this has just as much to do as the Bucks’ improvement as it does Detroit’s ineptitude, but the massive scoring gains Milwaukee has made is sure to be a factor in their postseason efforts.
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