The Milwaukee Bucks were able to fend off the Cleveland Cavaliers furious comeback attempt with a 119-116 victory at home.
- This was a much-needed confidence boost for the Milwaukee Bucks after losing their previous 3 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers were coming in as one of the hottest teams in the NBA and provided a great litmus test for the Bucks. Cleveland jumped out to an early lead, but Milwaukee’s reserves were able to keep the game close and ultimately gain separation en route to an 11-point halftime lead. Milwaukee built a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, and it looked like they were well on their way to boat-racing the Cavs. However, Cleveland went on a 24-2 run to retake the lead late in the fourth. The Bucks and Cavs went back and forth, but the Greek Freak sealed the victory with a gritty and-one layup.
- The EKG trio continues to roll with a full head of steam ahead. The trio combined for 71 big points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Milwaukee’s success relies on how well they play, and tonight was no different. Whenever it looked like Cleveland was going to retake the lead for good, one of the three answered the bell. Although blowing a 20-point lead is undesirable, it’s hard to argue with the end result of the game.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo played like a man possessed tonight. He finished with a sterling line of 27 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Giannis was all over the court tonight, and his hustle/determination was on full display. With Milwaukee reeling late in the fourth, they needed a hero, and the Greek Freak stepped up in a huge way. He sealed the game by using his airplane wing-like wingspan to grab a loose ball, lay it up and in plus the foul. This was the cherry on top for Giannis’ night. He gutted out 40 minutes and was going back and forth with LeBron James all night. He also provided some spectacular individual defense on the King. Watching the two go head-to-head is certainly a treat.
- Tony Snell’s return was much needed. Returning from knee tendinitis, Snell’s impact was immediately felt on both ends of the floor. He was aggressive with his shot, scoring 8 points and hoisting up 6 three-point attempts. Some rust is to be expected, and he did miss some open looks but those will certainly fall. He also provided the Bucks with much-needed floor spacing and hard-nosed defense. Welcome back, Tony Snell.
- DeAndre Liggins is hurting this Bucks team. Although he is a great defender, Liggins is a black-hole on offense. When he’s on the floor, the opposing team gives him all the space in the world which creates spacing problems for the Bucks. His reluctance to catch-and-shoot is baffling because that’s the one offensive area that he’s decent in. The Bucks need players who will spread the floor and knock down perimeter shots, and Liggins isn’t doing so. With Milwaukee slowly getting healthy, look for his minutes to decrease. Bucks rookie Sterling Brown looked terrific in his short stint, it will be interesting to see if head coach Jason Kidd elects to play him more over Liggins down the road.