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Bucks Continue to Stay the Course Without Middleton

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It seems like such a short time ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were 6-3. Yes, while that is certainly a good record, they were relatively up-and-down through the first part of their schedule. Add to this a Khris Middleton injury, and things looked somewhat bleak. However, an easy part of their schedule sat on the horizon, and Milwaukee would look to take advantage.

Take advantage, indeed, they did.

11/18: @ Chicago

Result: W 115-101

Remember what I said in the last week in review about when the Bucks play Chicago? That same sentiment applies to this matchup, as the Bulls kept things close for the majority of the contest, even leading for a spell halfway through the fourth quarter from a Coby White jumper. The Bucks, though, would end up pulling away with the 14-point win which scoreline does not suggest how close this game actually was. Regardless, Milwaukee came away with their fourth straight victory and their second in as many weeks against their rivals to the south.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 33p/10r/2a/3s/1b

George Hill: 18p/4r, 4/7 3P in 27 minutes off bench

 

11/20: @ Atlanta

Result: W 135-127

Speaking of opponents who always play the Bucks tough, let’s take a look at the Hawks. Led by young star Trae Young, the Hawks were sorely lacking in the depth department in this game. John Collins (suspension) and Kevin Huerter (injury), two of Atlanta’s other young pieces, would miss this one, but the Hawks still more than held their own. Number four overall pick DeAndre Hunter put in 27 while Young had 25 to keep the Hawks competitive, but the Bucks would take home a hard-fought win behind 33 from Giannis and 28 from Eric Bledsoe (15 in the fourth) for their fifth in a row.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 33p/11r/4a/1b

Eric Bledsoe: 28p/7r/5a/1b

 

11/21: vs. Portland

Result: W 137-129

A premier game in a stretch without many for the Bucks was looking to be this one against the Trail Blazers. Nationally broadcast on TNT, it was shaping up to be an intriguing battle between two of the league’s best. That intrigue took quite a blow, though, as star point guard Damian Lillard was ruled out the day before due to injury. However, the Blazers still had Bucks killer C.J. McCollum in the lineup as well as the wild card addition of Carmelo Anthony, signed just days before.

The story of this game was a quick start, as Milwaukee started a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, as well as Bledsoe and Giannis carrying the Bucks over the hump in a major way for the second game in a row. While Bledsoe put together a team-high 30 points, it was Giannis who truly stole the show. He put up an insane line of 24/19/15 on the way to the first such triple-double in team history, a 20/15/15 only being eclipsed in a game by Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Wilt. Pretty good company, I would say. Also, where were you during the Pat Connaughton Game?

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 24p/19r/career-high 15a/3s/1b

Eric Bledsoe: 30p/4r/6a/1s

Pat Connaughton: 18p/4r/2a, 7/10 FG, 2/3 3P in 22 minutes off the bench

11/23: vs. Detroit

Result: W 104-90

Following that most recent back-to-back, Milwaukee had a day off before their meeting with Detroit. One of the most injured teams in the league at the moment, the Pistons were missing not only Blake Griffin, but also starting point guard Reggie Jackson, among others. Still, the game remained relatively tight through three quarters before Detroit’s offense went M.I.A., as they failed to score in the final frame until the 5:47 mark. While they did make it respectable by the end, the Bucks thorough domination of the Pistons, yet again, brought them their seventh straight win heading into a big matchup with Utah on Monday.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 28p/10r/3a/2s/1b

Wesley Matthews: 13p

Up Next

Monday 11/25: vs. Jazz

Wednesday 11/27: vs. Hawks

Friday 11/29: @ Cavs

Saturday 11/30: vs. Hornets

The Bucks have another four-game week this week, ending with a weekend back-to-back set. They look for their eighth straight win tonight against the team that handed them their last loss; the Utah Jazz. This will no doubt be the toughest game of the four, as the ensuing three matchups are against sub .500 teams.

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