With Milwaukee fans forgetting about the feeling of defeat, the Bucks hoped to continue their winning ways with a telling schedule ahead of them. The end of the week battle against the Clippers would surely indicate whether the success of the Bucks deserves its merit or if it is meaningless.
On Monday night, the Bucks were again at home against the New York Knicks, who have been struggling terribly over the past 5-10 years. Even after hiring David Fizdale as their new head coach, who actually was just fired within the past couple of days, and securing RJ Barrett with the second pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Knicks are still searching for success. But that did not matter to the Bucks, who sought to extend their winning streak to 12 games.
Sure enough, the Bucks completely dominated the Knicks, winning by a whopping 44 points. In just 21 minutes, Giannis scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. While Harden may be averaging over 35 points a game, Giannis is much more efficient and will certainly be in the race for the 2020 MVP. With most of the starters able to get some rest after building a huge lead, the bench was able to get some quality minutes in maintaining and even increasing the lead. It was DJ Wilson who was on fire, shooting 8/9 and scoring 19 points in 23 minutes. In addition, the other Antetokounmpo on the Bucks, Thanasis, scored double-digit points for the first time this season. Moving forward, if the Bucks are going to make a deep playoff push, the bench will need to stay in good form.
After a two-game homestand, the Bucks flew out to Detroit to battle the Pistons. Even though Blake Griffin and Drummond were finally healthy and the Pistons would be at full strength, Milwaukee fans were not worried about the winning streak.
While the Pistons put up a fight in the first half, as you may expect, it was the Bucks who pulled away and ended up securing their 13th straight victory with a 24-point win. The game was filled with a great deal of physicality and mean posters for both sides, but with Giannis putting up 35 points, the Pistons were not going to have a chance. Each of the starters played under 30 minutes again and four other Bucks scored in the double digits.
Nevertheless, Friday night was the game we have all been waiting for. The Los Angeles Clippers were flying out to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were active for this game and fans would finally be able to determine whether this winning streak is credible. It was the test the Bucks needed. In the past few weeks, the Bucks have had a relatively easy schedule, so this game mattered greatly.
Although everyone planned for this to be a thrilling 48-minute game that went down to the wire, the Bucks proved us wrong. After a back-and-forth game throughout the first eight minutes of the game, the Bucks built a lead and never looked back. At one point, the Bucks were up by 41 points! There were no excuses for the Clippers this time; none of their top players were injured our sitting out. When Doc Rivers called it quits in removing the starters with still over nine minutes to go in the 4th quarter, Milwaukee fans cheered and jeered. The quality performance by the Bucks reminded Kawhi that he should feel relieved that he will not have to get past the Bucks in the playoffs until the NBA Finals now that he is in the Western Conference. The Bucks secured their 14th-straight win with 27 points from Giannis and an overall team effort.
The Bucks are playing very impressive basketball recently. Giannis, earning multiple NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards, continues to show why he is the reigning MVP. It is important that Giannis stays healthy and the Bucks allow him to get enough rest when necessary. Khris Middleton is slowly returning to his past self and while he may have been having quality performances, he needs to make sure that he is consistent. Aside from the starters, the bench has been stepping up whenever the Bucks need them, which is crucial for any top team.
Today marks the one-month anniversary of the Bucks’ winning streak. They have not lost since November 8! This may just be our season.
David’s Milwaukee Bucks Week 7 Grade: A+
Milwaukee Bucks Week 8 Schedule (December 8 – December 14)
- Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm CT: vs Orlando Magic
- Wednesday, December 11 at 8:30pm CT: vs New Orleans Pelicans
- Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm CT: @ Memphis Grizzlies
- Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm CT: vs Cleveland Cavaliers