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Bucks Get Back on Flawless Track With 3 Win Week

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After rebounding from the Christmas loss to Philadelphia, the Bucks looked to have their first flawless week since the middle of December, as a trio of games were on the docket. Not only did they lace up against local rivals in Chicago and Minnesota, but also an always-tough San Antonio squad under Gregg Popovich. So, how did they fare? Let’s dive into another Week In Review!

12/30: @ Chicago

Result: 123-102 W

A very familiar foe, this being their third meeting on the season already, the Bucks traveled to the Windy City to take on their rivals to the south. While the Bulls were healthier this time around, only missing Otto Porter out of their rotation, they kept things mighty close in the first half, with the Bucks up just three after two quarters.

The third quarter, though, would vault Milwaukee to victory, as they would outscore Chicago 40-25 in that period– the most they have scored in any quarter thus far this year. Ersanity reigned again off the bench, as the Turk would put up 14 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes to lead a unit that had four players put in eight points or more on the night. It was Giannis and Middleton, though, that propelled the starters as the Bucks would end up coasting to another W.

Top performers

Khris Middleton: 25p/6r/4a/1s/1b

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 23p/10r/6a

 

1/1: vs. Minnesota

Result: 106-104 W

Going into this match-up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bucks fans had to be excited with the injury news coming out of the enemy camp. Not only would star center Karl-Anthony Towns be out for this one, but so would Most Improved Player candidate Andrew Wiggins. However, those who ended up suiting up for the T-Wolves certainly brought their A-game to start the decade, as they fought the Bucks tooth and nail to a 106-104 contest. Milwaukee was even on the back foot as the game concluded, with Minnesota missing a game-tying shot to seal the deal. A lot closer than many would have liked, but another win is a win, as the Bucks win their fourth straight.

Top performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32p/17r/4a/2b

 

1/4: vs. San Antonio

Result: 127-118 W

When you face the San Antonio Spurs, you can always expect a couple of things. First of all, Gregg Popovich is going to throw some interesting things at you, and it’s up to you how you’re going to respond. The second is that, no matter the final score, a hard-fought game will always somehow be in store. For this one, the strategy from the Spurs’ perspective was to limit Giannis’ impact inside the paint and make him do his damage from the line, something that he has struggled with this season.

Unfortunately for San Antonio, said strategy did not pay dividends, as the Greek Freak would sink 15 of his 18 from the charity stripe along with 3-for-7 from behind the arc. While he did get limited to eight rebounds and one assist, his 32 points, again in under 30 minutes played, helped the Bucks in a big way securing their fifth straight victory. Also, seven blocks from Brook Lopez, who averaged five swats per game this week, wasn’t too shabby either.

Top performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32p/8r/1a/1s, 3/7 3P, 15/18 FT in 29 minutes

Eric Bledsoe: 21p/3r/6a/1s, 8/12 FG, 4/6 3P in 24 minutes

The Week Ahead

The Bucks have another date with the Spurs coming up on Monday, as this time they will travel to the Lone Star State this time. Then, the first west coast road trip of the season really kicks into high gear, with a Wednesday trip to the Chase Center and the dynasty-less Warriors, followed by a back-to-back (ugh) at Sacramento on Friday and Portland on Saturday.

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