In the words of Zoolander’s Mugatu, the Milwaukee Bucks are ‘so hot right now’. With Giannis Antetokounmpo putting up MVP numbers, and a much improved supporting cast around him, the Bucks are the only team left in the NBA that’s undefeated.
Does that mean they’ve become the best team in the East? Hell no, but they’re certainly rolling. Their new head coach, Mike Budenholzer, who was relocated from Atlanta, is getting most of the praise for the teams recent success. Under his watchful eye, they’ve sprayed plenty of ink on the Bucks’ offense, but the strides they’ve made on the other end might give them a better chance of turning this start into a real shot at a Finals berth.
Last night they beat the previously undefeated Toronto Raptors by 15 points. Don’t get too excited, because both teams had superstars absent. The Greek Freak was missing in action from concussion protocol, and Kawhi Leonard had scheduled rest. But it was a promising sign for Milwaukee that looked really good without Giannis in the roster.
Looking at the stats, the Bucks’ have been holding opponents to 28.8 percent from the 3-point line and forcing teams to take shots they’d rather not take. The team has been contesting those shots well, grabbing the rebounds, and slicing the opposition to shreds once they’ve got the ball. If they keep this up, it won’t be just a top-four seed in the East, that’s for sure!
Catch you Monday.