Live the home of the reigning and defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, it’s the What The Buck Is Up Report! Each week I will be sharing my thoughts about anything and everything Bucks related as they look to defend their world championship status.
Results and Random Thoughts
Bucks: 117 Pistons: 89 (4-4)
After losing three straight games, the Bucks bounced back with a dominant performance against the Pistons. Playing without three of their most important players for the second straight game, the Bucks relied on strong defense and three-point shooting. The Pistons had no answer for Giannis’ strength and athleticism on either side of the ball, as Antetokounmpo had 4 blocks and 28 points in just 27 minutes.
-Khris Middleton did not play in the game, as he was placed on the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol list. Players on the list cannot play for a minimum of 10 games, which will hold Middleton out for the next six games at least.
-Pat Connaughton is the best candidate for Middleton’s role, as he received the start and provided the Bucks with 16 points on 4-5 three point shooting.
-MAMU ALERT!!! Mamu hit his first career three-pointer during the fourth quarter, which was the Bucks 17th of the game.
Bucks: 98 Knicks: 113 (4-5)
Up 20 to down 20, that’s today’s NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks jumped out to a 38-19 first quarter lead, but the talented young Knicks were able to keep their composure and withstand the opening punch. Led by Derrick Rose and Julius Randle, the Knicks were able to take a five-point advantage into the fourth and continued to build. It is rare for a team to out-rebound and score more points in the paint the Bucks, but that is exactly what the Knicks did. The now 6-3 Knicks overpowered the Bucks with a 59 (20 offensive) to 37 rebound and 56-26 paint point advantage.
-Jrue Holiday returned to action after missing the last week. Holiday scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
-Grayson Allen got the Bucks off to a hot start with four three-pointers in the first quarter, the most in a quarter for the talented young sharpshooter. Allen ended the game with six treys and was the Bucks second leading scorer with 22 points.
-After the Bucks opening night victory over the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks have struggled at home losing four Fiserv Forum contests in a row.
Bucks: 94 Wizards: 101 (4-6)
The Wizards’ Bradley Beal has had success against the Bucks in the past, and continued his efficient scoring with a 30 point performance and win. The Bucks have struggled in the second half against their opponents in recent games, and the trend continued in Washington.
-The Bucks have lost five of their last six contests. While it is still early in the season, these losses could be important as the Eastern Conference has a number of quality teams and improving teams that will all be jockeying for seeding. The talent of the Milwaukee Bucks is there and missing multiple games from Holiday, Middleton and Brook Lopez has hurt. The Bucks will need to find a way to win when without starters, and should have the supporting talent to do so.
-Jrue Holiday returned to the Bucks starting line-up. Bobby Portis also joined the starters and had an effective 13 point and 13 rebound performance.
Bucks Twitter Plays Of The Week
And we're off!! 💨 pic.twitter.com/f7NzWtSNV8
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 2, 2021
Thanasis Antetokounmpo has played very well in the minutes he has received early in the season.
Bobby with the finish!! 😤 pic.twitter.com/1Yu4RJNGto
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 3, 2021
Both Thanasis and Bobby bring a hustle and winning desire to the Bucks which is supremely fun to watch.
Giannis blocking your shot. pic.twitter.com/NmwvZ1C2FL
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 3, 2021
The one whose defense is inevitable and the end for all who oppose.
Welcome back, Jrue!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/C6gpSlnUcJ
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 6, 2021
Smooth like butter.
Stat-line Of The Week
Another week, another Bestest Buck commemorative plaque for the one and only Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis had a near triple-double against the Pistons going for 28 POINTS, 8 REBOUNDS, 9 ASSISTS, and 4 BLOCKS. He also showed his improvement from the free-throw lining shooting a perfect 7-7.
One Final Thing
Absolutely no one
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 9, 2021
In 2040, join me in voting for Brook Lopez/Robin Lopez for President and Vice President of the United States on a platform of dunks, comic books and adorable kitty-cats.
Week One Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 4-6
Next Week Opponents: @76ers, @Knicks, @Celtics, @Hawks