The Milwaukee Bucks completely dismantled the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 116-91. The win moved the Bucks to 2-0 under interim head coach, Joe Prunty.
1. It’s Giannis’ world, we’re just living in it. The Greek Freak returned from a 2-game absence with an all-around gem of a performance. He finished with a mind-boggling 41 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks and knocked down all three of his three-point attempts. This was arguably Giannis’ most complete performance of the season, and he got it done on both ends of the floor. More notably, however, was the fact that he was knocking down the majority of his jump shots. He had the green-light from three, and when he let it go without hesitation, his shot looked pure. It will be interesting to see if interim head coach Joe Prunty unleashes Giannis from the three-point line. Tonight was a special performance from a once in a lifetime player.
2. Welcome back, Thon Maker. The second-year player has largely been a negative this season, but he showed signs of life tonight. Thon finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 solid minutes. It was clear that Joe Prunty wanted to get the ball to Thon Maker in areas where he is most comfortable. Most of his points came from a bevy of mid-range spot-up jump shots, which is an area where he excels at. It wouldn’t be too farfetched to think that Thon Maker will be a completely different player on the floor under Prunty with how it looks like he will be utilizing him. Thon was a plus-11 tonight in a performance that he will look to build off of.
3. Eric Bledsoe killed the offensive flow too many times tonight. He didn’t have his best game tonight, finishing with 14 points on 5-16 shooting. There were many times where he over-dribbled and got himself into trouble and had to contort his body midair for a risky pass. The Bucks had a great offensive rhythm for most of the night, but there were times where Bledsoe would kill the momentum by hoisting up a mid-range jump shot with 18 seconds left on the shot clock. Despite the discouraging performance, E-Bled still finished plus-18.
4. John Henson played terrific tonight. This was an encouraging performance for J-Hook, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a surprising 5 assists. Henson didn’t force much on the offensive end and went along with the flow of the offense to find open shots around the rim. He even stroked home a sweet dead-on midrange jump shot, for good measure. John Henson is a huge X-factor for the Bucks, and his play can elevate the Bucks to the next level. An impressive performance indeed, and he finished a team-best plus-25.
5. The Bucks looked like they had fun out there. The Bucks certainly brought the energy from the tip-off, and they were all smiles. Although they were playing the Nets, it was still refreshing to see the Bucks go out there and have some fun. There is a certain type of energy around the Bucks the last few days that hasn’t been there all season. I think they’ll be just fine without Jason Kidd.