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What The Buck Is Up Report: Milwaukee Bucks 2021 End Report

Ring in 2022 with a reminder that 2021 was a fantastic year for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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.

Milwaukee Bucks Results and Reactions

Bucks: 103 Celtics: 117 (18-11) 

Jayson Tatum scored 42 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Celtics over the Bucks. Milwaukee struggled to put the ball in the basket after a hot first quarter, including Giannis Antetokounmpo who was limited in just a 20 point performance.

-The Bucks lost Khris Middleton to a hyperextended knee injury during the game and Giannis Antetokounmpo to the COVID-19 list following the contest.

Bucks: 114 Pacers: 99 (19-11) 

A 21-0 run in the fourth quarter is a darn good way to win a basketball game. Besides their big run, Jrue Holiday was able to lead the Bucks to an impressive victory without Giannis and Middleton, scoring 26 points and dishing 14 assists. Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton continued to show their value, adding 20 points apiece in the victory.

-Each Pacers starter was able to score in the double digits, but none were over 20 points. The Bucks were able to hold Indiana to under 100 points as the Pacers scored just 12 in the fourth.

Bucks: 112 Pelicans: 116 (19-12) 

In an overtime thriller, Milwaukee fell just short of a win in New Orleans. Holiday was once again asked to carry the load, scoring 40 points on 36 shots against his former team.

-MAMU ALERT: Sandro put up a 6 point, 4 rebound, 2 assist, 1 steal and 2 block game in 18 minutes. Overall game display.

Bucks: 90 Cavaliers: 119 (19-13)

The short-handed Bucks were unable to overcome the young and hungry Cavs. One bright spot for the Bucks was Jordan Nwora, who led the Bucks with 28 points and added 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

-MAMU ALERT: Mamukelashvili started at power forward for Milwaukee and was second in scoring with 17 on 4-9 from beyond the arc.

Bucks: 126 Rockets: 106 (20-13) 

The Bucks were able to bounce back with some help from the returning combination of Holiday and Middleton. The two once again stepped up in Antetokounmpo’s absence, as did Portis and Cousins who both scored 18 in the victory.

-Wes Matthews returned to the Bucks after a stint on the health and safety list and added an important 16 points on 4-5 shooting from three-point range.

Bucks: 102 Mavericks: 95 (21-13) 

With fellow All-Stars Giannis and Luka Doncic out, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday showed that they belong in the superstar status club with a combined 50 points and 14 assists between the Olympic gold medal winners.

-DeMarcus Cousins continued to show his value as a kid-season pick-up scoring a season high 22 points and securing 8 rebounds as the teams starting center.

Bucks: 117 Celtics: 113 (22-13) 

Santa definitely came through for Bucks fans, as Giannis and Bobby returned after a COVID-related absence, and Donte DiVincenzo made his season debut. The Bucks trailed for most of the contest, until Giannis began delivering dunks and blocks with the efficiency of old Saint Nick himself. Giannis big clutch game in a prime time spot will be a well-remembered win during this season.

-The People’s champ and Underdog Bobby Portis excelled in the contest, scoring 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench. What a present he is for the Milwaukee Bucks and their fans.

Bucks: 127 Magic: 110 (23-13)

Despite a 38 point explosion from the Magic’s Franz Wagner, the Bucks had no issue soundly defeating the Orlando Magic once again. The Bucks led throughout the game, but the Magic were able to cut their difference to single digits for a short time in the third quarter. The Bucks depth and bench unit has been more effective in this period of the season, and were solid against the Magic contributing 38 points.

-Giannis showcased his efficient greatness once again, with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in just 30 minutes of play.

Bucks: 136 Magic: 118 (24-13) 

The Bucks are immune to the wizarding ways of the Orlando Magic, as they able to remain undefeated against the Robin Lopez led team. The Bucks swept the season series against Orlando and secured their fifth straight victory to end the year.

-The Bucks big three of Antetokounmpo-Middleton-Holiday were dominant, scoring 85 combined points. The trio were an impressive 19-19 from the three throw line. The Bucks have only lost two contests when the three play together, a hopeful sign for the future heading into the Bucks playoff title defense.

Milwaukee Bucks Twitter Plays Of The Week

Milwaukee Bucks Stat-line Of The Month

Giannis Antetokounmpo stat-lines are the gift that just keep on giving. On Christmas against the Celtics, the 2021 Finals MVP once again reminded the world just how skilled he is en route to his fifth Bestest Buck award. Giannis went off on Christmas with 36 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. One of the blocks was a game-saving thwarting of the Uber-athletic Robert Williams dunk attempt.

One More Thing

2021 was an amazing year for the Bucks organization and the city of Milwaukee has been raised because of it. To have representatives such as the Antetokounmpo family and a brave roster of players that have spoken against racial oppression and used their opportunity to fight for change is inspiring. Their are many difficulties in the world and sports can be be both a distraction and bonding force in a splintered community. The accomplishments on and off the court by the Bucks are causes of celebration and excitement for the hope of a more ideal future. Here’s to 2022 and the continued success of the 2022 Milwaukee Bucks.

Written by Joel Kananen

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