It’s an abnormally warm day in Milwaukee, fitting that the Phoenix Suns came to town. The Suns were the only team to defeat the Bucks twice during last year’s regular season. I’m sure it was on the player’s minds because they played high-energy defense on Phoenix to win, 129-108.
An early afternoon game just four hours before the Super Bowl against a lottery team probably isn’t the most highly anticipated matchup of the season. Nevertheless, it counts just the same as the rest and coach Budenholzer had his guys ready to play.
From the tip, it was a one-sided ball game. The Suns put together some runs here and there but the game was always firmly in the Bucks’ grasp. The Suns’ All-Star snub Devin Booker led the way for his squad with 32 points on 9-15 shooting and 12-13 from the line.
Milwaukee is just… better. Giannis was active and nearly finished with a triple-double, falling one assist shy with 30/19/9.
Khris Middleton has simply just elevated to a level we haven’t seen from him. He’s creating shots often and shot 60/60/100% in this one for 25/8/6.
Brook Lopez showed why he’s the best interior defender in the league by blocking a career-high NINE shots. His three-point shot is still struggling but his defensive force remains at a league-high level.
The Bucks improve to 42-7 on the season and still haven’t lost two games in a row. The next game will be nationally televised on TNT Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.