Well, you can’t win them all, can you?
Fresh off clobbering the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee was unable to keep its unbeaten streak alive and, unfortunately, the opportunity for the first 82-0 year in league history is cut short by erstwhile playoff foes the Miami Heat.
Where to begin? How about the first quarter? Giannis literally took a single shot (a missed three) that set the tone on the way to a scintillating 17 point quarter. The Bucks would successfully make a grand total of 5 shots in the first 12 minutes which, last time I checked, is not ideal; especially so with the heat streaking to a clean 40 points on 15/26 shooting.
With both Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday out, it was going to be a tall ask for the likes of Center Giannis and George Hill to contain Miami’s offense in their stead. While Kyle Lowry would go 1-8 from the floor before exiting with a knock, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler combined to go 15-23 and 17 rebounds.
Justin Robinson, God bless him, played enough to rack up a -35 +/-. I mean, what else do you really need to know?
The upside? Mike Budenholzer waved the white flag early on and didn’t feel compelled to try and make a game of it with no starter going beyond 29 minutes played. The downside? Now we’ll never hear the end of how the Heat are the NBA’s Bucks-killers.
Such is life at the top!
Stat That Stood Out
How about that PJ Tucker guy, eh? Fresh off a public declaration that he had “circled this game on the schedule” as one that was must-win for the Heat, the former Buck would drop 8 points (on 3-4 shooting, with 2 made threes) 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. And you know what? I’m happy for the guy. He gets a personal W, the Bucks get to pretend like this game never even happened, and now we’re all even.
On to the Spurs!