Bucks Thrice Assert Dominance in Game One


The lights are brighter in the playoffs. Each play seems to have more importance. And a beyond-capacity crowd of 17,529 fans anxiously anticipated the Bucks’ first game one playoff home opener since 2001. A tense showdown with Detroit would undoubtedly lead to many bitten nails. Sure enough, the game was close, suspenseful, and exciting. For 17 seconds, until Brook Lopez slammed the ball and the Piston’s chances. The rout was already on, with the lead above 40 at points before the bench coasted to a 121-86 beatdown. But beyond just giving Milwaukee a 1-0 series lead, the blowout thrice proved the Bucks are the Eastern Conference favorites.

1. Continuation of Success

Downer lawyers always put a disclaimer in financial service ads. It reads, “past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.” Those lawyers aren’t Bucks fans! The Bucks won the opening tip and wasted no time to set up Brook’s slam.

Surely no surprise for interested NBA fans. Milwaukee won 60 games, a league best, and had a winning record for every ten game interval. Followers expected that the result against the 41-41 Pistons would be not so close.

Wow, 20 point lead after one quarter? Sounds like Detroit needs some of that ballyhooed Mobil motor oil. After officials generously gave Khris Middleton an extra point, the Deer led 70-43 at halftime. Most fans skipped the halftime show and, frankly, they didn’t need to come back. All they missed in the second half was a Blake Griffin T. (Even though he didn’t play).

2. Playoff Giannis

With the Lakers struggling, LeBron at one point declared that “playoff mode” was activated. Unfortunately, playoff mode isn’t compatible with the Lakers-Box. But the Milwaukee-Station version is played quite professionally by Giannis. The Bucks were teasing LeBron and their Pistons opponent rather early about that line.

And rightfully so considering Giannis’s complete control over the Detroit jalopy.

Think Detroit can intimidate him with rough play? Direct those players to Menard’s broom sale.

3. So easy it’s (almost) boring

There’s little left to say about this mismatch of a series. Stats site FiveThirtyEight even gives Milwaukee a 99% chance to advance. Now, of course, Bucks fans had plenty of fun. One fan won a prize with some slick breakdancing.

Others won free t-shirts, and everyone enjoyed Bango’s halfcourt heaves and the Rim Rockers. But the fan enthusiasm was pointedly less than last year’s epic Celtics series. Do Bucks fans not care anymore? Heck no! They’re just pacing themselves. There is no need to lose voices over a smelly eight seed. They’re saving their mojo for some East Finals magic. And considering the rival Raptors’ home court struggles, it may be the actual Magic who is the last to wipe away confetti as Milwaukee celebrates in it.


About Jeffrey Newholm

"Jammin Jeff" Newholm had been a basketball fanatic since his high school days, and remained a casual fan as a student in Whitewater. Wishing to check in as an active participant, he also completed a writing certificate program at UWM. He loves seeing Bucks games more than any other activity in hometown Milwaukee and especially screaming really really loudly to get someone to miss a free throw. Twitter: @JeffreyNewholm

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