Recap: The Milwaukee Bucks had no trouble on the offensive end in Brooklyn, scoring 129 points and shooting a blistering 57% from the field. Khris Middleton returned to his “Khash” form, and it was a treat to watch. It should be noted that he has a great chemistry with Bucks big man Greg Monroe as well. Giannis was his usual self, making a handful of jaw-dropping plays en route to 33 points, and the Bucks also got a huge boost from Monroe (25 points). Defense is still a problem for the Bucks, as they let Brooklyn score 125 points and hit a ridiculous 14 three pointers. Opposing teams that shoot the three ball pose problems for the Bucks, as they continue to struggle to guard the perimeter and the corner pocket three ball.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (33pts, 9reb, 3ast, 4stl, 1blk, 0to): Coming off his worst game of the season against the Pistons, Giannis bounced back with authority against the Nets in Brooklyn. Playing in front of 300 Greek Giannis fans on Greek Heritage Night, he gave them a night to remember. Like always, he was everywhere, flying around the court with his freakishly long arms and legs. He logged 40 minutes, and made a huge difference in those minutes. Offensively, Giannis has gone away from his patented spin-move and is still finding ways to score the basketball at will. He is unstoppable. Defensively, the Bucks had absolutely no answer for Nets center Brook Lopez. In the last 2 minutes, with the Bucks only up 2, they switched Giannis on to Lopez and it made a huge difference. He held him scoreless in those 2 minutes and it was the difference between a win and a loss. Also, 0 turnovers in 40 minutes where the ball is always in his hands is utterly impressive. We’re running out of things to say about Giannis. The All Star break comes at a great time for him to rest his legs and show out in the All Star game. Grade: 100%
Greg Monroe (25pts, 8reb, 3ast, 2stl, 0blk, 3to): Moose had a great game offensively, but he was absolutely manhandled by Brook Lopez on the defensive end. Lopez is a tough matchup because of his ability to knock down threes at a ridiculous clip (he hit 6). His anticipation is very impressive, and he always has his hands up in the passing lane. However, his hustle is what is really standing out. With Milwaukee on the fritz late in the 4th quarter, he got 2 huge offensive rebounds and sealed off Brook Lopez nicely for a layup. He’s been playing like a man amongst boys recently, and it’s translating into wins for the Bucks. It’s safe to say that he’s found his groove off the bench. Grade: 100%
Khris Middleton (20pts, 3reb, 7ast, 3stl, 0blk, 1to): It’s safe to say that Khris Middleton is back and ready to make a difference and help Milwaukee down to stretch. Coming off the bench, he made an immediate impact with 3 quick dimes all to Greg Monroe and a few signature midrange jumpers. His movement off the ball tonight was superb and he kept putting himself into great spots to score the basketball. He even played in crunch time! We were treated to flashes of the star he was becoming last season, and it’s hard not to be excited about his outlook for the remainder of the season. With Jabari Parker out for the season, look for Khris Middleton to shoulder the load down the stretch. Grade: 100%
Next up: After a much needed All Star break, the Milwaukee Bucks (riding a 3 game win streak) host the surging Utah Jazz.