The Milwaukee Bucks exerted their dominance in their 110-103 win against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks controlled the game in the first three quarters before letting the Magic slither back in garbage time in the fourth.
- Putting the Foot on the Gas Pedal. Going against the lowly Orlando Magic the Bucks took care of business on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. It wasn’t the prettiest ending as the Magic finished on a run against the Bucks reserves, but the Bucks outplayed the Magic in all facets of the game.It was great to see the Bucks extend lead to seven point halftime lead to 20 points after the third quarter where the Bucks outscored the Magic 36-23.
- Giannis Gets Back on Track. After Giannis’s worst game of the year in Indianapolis on Monday night, he bounced back nicely with a 26 point and seven rebound performance. This team truly will go as far as their superstar will take them, so its super important that Giannis continues to be consistent on a nightly basis to keep this team in games. Giannis was efficient as always from the floor shooting 66% in only 34 minutes.
- Starting Five Carries the Weight. All of the Bucks starters tonight finished in double figures and carried most of the weight of the scoring. The Bucks bench has been a lingering issue since Mirza Teletovic went down. Although Mirza isn’t a lights out scorer he can fill it up from deep on any given night. The issue that I have with the Bucks bench right now is that all of the members of the bench need a facilitator on the court for them to be effective. The bench in total had 19 points tonight and every single member of the bench finished with a negative plus/minus, while all of the starters finished with positive figures.
- John Henson Continues Excellent Play. John Henson has had a string of consistent outings and is becoming more impactful every outing. He finished against the Magic with a workmans double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds with five of those rebounds being on the offensive glass. Over the last ten games he is averaging 10.9 points and six rebounds which is more than serviceable for this Bucks squad.
- Jabari Parker’s Return. Coach Jason Kidd before the game informed the media that injured Forward Jabari Parker was about a month away from return, which would slate him to return either before or after the all-star break. Parker’s return might be more important than any trade or free agent signing that might come before the deadline for the Bucks. Parker’s scoring ability initially could bolster a weak Bucks bench, and eventually allow him to return to the starting lineup. His return could allow the Bucks to mix-and-match lineups and could give Jason Kidd some flexibility as we head into the latter part of the season.