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Monday Morning Media Roundup: May 31st, 2021

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The “We might actually have a chance” Edition

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

On to the next one, as they say.

With the Miami Heat out of the way, the Bucks will have a chance to sit back and relax for about a week before they begin their second round series. Barring an extremely strange collapse given the talent disparity, Milwaukee will likely be facing off against the Brooklyn Nets as we largely expected. Going into that round, you couldn’t be blamed for being either solidly confident or solidly worried.

For the confident crowd, you’re likely working from a host of different angles. You’ve got the 2-1 regular season record between these teams (with the gigantic caveat that none of those games featured all three of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant) and the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo got essentially anything he wanted against Brooklyn’s defense:

On top of that, we’ve got four games in the bag showing proof of concept with this team in the playoffs. While the loss of Donte DiVincenzo is going to be felt when trying to cover the likes of Joe Harris off-ball, there should be enough offensive firepower in the rest of the rotation to keep the Bucks competitive in a series where the first one to score 130 each night will win.

For every positive there comes a question to keep you from declaring the Bucks sure-fire winners. There just isn’t any getting around how good Brooklyn’s big three are as an offensive trio. Anyone who says otherwise is utilizing wishful thinking or is an ardent believer in egotism stepping in and knocking the Nets off their game once they’re challenged. Even with a defense that could be, at times, stifling against Miami, it’ll be nigh impossible to give Brooklyn’s stars the “Jimmy Butler” treatment. While Pat Connaughton is going to give it his all, neither he nor Bryn Forbes will have the chemistry or same defensive potential of Donte, and so that’s a hole in the starting five that is going to bandaged over in the hopes that it is enough.

But that’s for next week. Right now, we’ve got a little more satisfaction to derive from the series that just ended, especially since that’s all the national media was talking about. Oh, and Milwaukee Public Market cookies. Can’t forget the Milwaukee Public Market cookies.

Let’s roundup!


Review: Those cookies from Milwaukee Public Market that Coach Budenholzer likes (Milwaukee Record)

Hell, next time I’m in Milwaukee I might just have to stop on by and try things out myself. Couldn’t have picked a better time to make my sojourn to the city in about a week.

A season later, Bucks gain sweep, sweep revenge over Heat (NBA.com)

Steve Aschburner strikes all the right notes here, highlighting particularly the variety of ways that Milwaukee was able to win. It’s a small sample size, but if it’s anything to go off of we’re seeing very solid early returns from a season spent tinkering.

The Bucks Aren’t Just Beating the Heat, They’re Humiliating Them (The Ringer)

This is a very good summation of the series (that came true!), so we’ll leave it at this (emphasis Mr. Devine’s):

The Bucks remember every indignation they faced after crumbling last postseason, every sling and arrow sent their way over the past eight months. They want to beat the living shit out of Miami—to break the Heat, to make the team that bullied them in the bubble tap out, in front of a national audience.

How Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are feasting on the Miami Heat — and what comes next (ESPN+ - Subscription required)

Yeah, I know, you’ve got to pay to read the words, but they’re Zach Lowe’s words! It’s a long ode to just how thorough Milwaukee’s shellacking of Miami had been up to that point, and more importantly, a preview of how the Bucks might bring forward the things that worked against Brooklyn in the regular season.

Fan Post of the Week

Nada. Which means that I win Fan Post of the Week, as is tradition. Thank you for coming.

Know Your Enemy (maybe?)

Since Boston-Brooklyn technically isn’t decided, we’ll include both here for “content” purposes.

Blake bad at switching on defense? Brooklyn racking up a total of 16 assists as a team? Boston doing the want-it-more hustle stuff? Sounds like a recipe for dropping a game against an inferior opponent to me.

Oh, and Tatum put up a 50 burger. Not sure if he has three more of those in him, but with Jaylen Brown out and Kemba Walker dealing with injury himself, Tatum will have the green light to shoot to his heart’s content.

The Social Media Section

Mike Budenholzer getting the GTA treatment while eating a cookie is amazing art

Congrats once more to Jim on a career well done

Someone shared this on the Game Four recap, but it’s so good it needs reposting

Seeing is believing

PJ Tucker is the heart and soul of a stingy team

Even Ricky Pierce got in on the action


It’ll have to wait until later this week for our next round opponent to be locked in, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks for a bit. Any extra games the Celtics and Nets take out on each other is just another notch in Milwaukee’s favor.

We’re big fans of Team Chaos around here, and we’ll be pulling for them again this week.

Happy Monday!