Recap: The Milwaukee Bucks annihilated the Chicago Bulls 95-69 at the United Center on Friday night. The Bucks played a complete game on both sides of the ball, and it was a joy to watch. The Bucks ball movement was outstanding all night, leading to a healthy amount of 26 assists. This game was never close, Milwaukee came out of the gate hot again and never looked back. Seeing the young Bucks totally manhandle the Chicago Bulls in back to back games is very impressive.
Greg Monroe (14pts, 12reb, 3ast, 0stl, 0blk, 3to): Greg Monroe has been great on both ends on the floor for Milwaukee this season, something that could not be said last season. To me, what really stands out is his patience and willing to pass out of the low-post. Moose has been a very willing passer this season, being able to find the open shooter on the perimeter or finding a teammate slashing to the basket. He did have some trouble finishing around the rim tonight, but his presence was felt on both ends of the floor last night. This is the Greg Monroe the Bucks paid $51 million for. Grade: 95%
Giannis Antetokounmpo (22pts, 7reb, 11ast, 3stl, 1blk, 0to): Another gem of a game from the Greek Freak, he makes it look routine out there. He set the tone for the game, coming out and looking for his jump shot again. Giannis’ jumper has been looking great this month, his three point percentage is at 35% for December (10/28). Not only is he starting to shoot threes without much hesitation, Giannis is also not shying away from firing from midrange. His passing was excellent tonight, 11 assists and no turnovers is quite incredible. He was able to drive to the basket and draw multiple defenders, which left shooters open. The Greek Freak found them. His length makes it very easy for him to make flashy passes when navigating through traffic. An all-around star, Giannis Antetokounmpo is forcing his name to be mentioned with some of the greats. Grade: 100%
John Henson (10pts, 4reb, 0ast, 1st, 2blk, 1to): This definitely wasn’t John Henson’s best game by any means, but he was an absolute force on the defensive end. All night, the long arms of John Henson made life incredibly difficult for the Chicago Bulls. He altered many of the Bulls attempts, and anchored the defense for most of the night. On offense, he hit a few lefty hooks, and even a nice drive to the basket on Robin Lopez. Henson did miss a few easy ones, but his presence on defense to me is what was most important. The Chicago Bulls shot 30% for the game. His toughness is something the Bucks need in order to be successful. Grade: 87%
Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks have a few days off before they host the Cleveland Cavilers on Tuesday night.