What The Buck Is Up Report: Milwaukee BucksWeek One

The Milwaukee Bucks begin their quest for a championship repeat with some big highs and a low.

Live from 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: 127 Nets: 104 (1-0) 

Ring night in Milwaukee was a huge success for the Bucks. After taking some well-earned time to celebrate their incredible championship run and achievements, the Bucks faced a familiar foe in Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets to begin the NBA’s 75th season. Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, or as he is known to a certain ringless guard as the non-skilled guy that just runs and dunks, was his usual dominant self making a number of highlight plays on both sides of the ball. Giannis, Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton combined for 72 points for an opening night victory.

-Jrue Holiday exited the Nets game in the second quarter with a heel contusion.

-Newcomer Grayson Allen gets a starting guard spot after signing a two-year extension with the Bucks. He has already shown an ability to mesh well with the defending champs due to his tenacious defense and three point shooting.

-Giannis shooting both threes and free throws more quickly and with a smoother motion.


-Jordan Nwora making a case for an increased role with a big-time performance against the Nets. The second year player showed strong willingness to defend and rebound.

Bucks: 95 Heat: 137 (1-1) 

After a thorough dismantling in the first round of last year’s playoffs, the Miami Heat wanted revenge and played like it. The Bucks were outscored 40-17 in the first quarter and never recovered. After leaving Milwaukee for Miami, forward P.J. Tucker expressed his excitement and desire to play and beat the Bucks. The veteran known for his excellent defense was a key contributor during the Bucks championship run, but was not offered a sufficiently lucrative offer from the Bucks and took his talents to Miami. Tucker had a solid outing in the Heat’s opening game, and got his wish and a win.

-Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez were held out of the contest with injuries. Lesson: it’s hard to win a game against a motivated and talented team without your starting center and point guard.

-Not a lot of positives to say in a blowout loss, but Mamu scored his first official NBA points so for us Mamu Maniacs, it’s historic night and you can never take that away from us.

Bucks: 121 Spurs: 111 (2-1) 

After facing a former teammate in Miami, the Milwaukee Bucks saw another contributor to their playoff run in Bryn Forbes and the San Antonio Spurs. The Bucks had a much more competitive showing in the home of the Alamo, getting a Saturday night win. Every Bucks starter was in double digits, and Bench Mob member George Hill put in an extra 15 points with 3-3 shooting on three pointers.

-Jrue Holiday returned to starting lineup after missing the Heat game. Brook Lopez remained out.

-Don’t we all wish we had the same passion and energy for our jobs as Thanasis Antetokounmpo does for his.

-Game is on the line in the fourth quarter, and Pat Connaughton hits two massive three pointers. Both treys were assists from Giannis.

Overall the first week for the Milwaukee Bucks was a success. The Bucks had a number of injuries coming into the season, which gave young and hungry players such as Thanasis, Nwora, and Sandro Mamukelashvili the opportunity to play meaningful minutes against three well coached and talented opponents. This experience will help these players over the long run and create a healthy competition when players like Bobby Portis and Rodney Hood begin to return from their injuries.

Bucks Twitter Plays Of The Week

Who else but the iconic cornerstone of the franchise would open up the season scoring? Thank you for everything Giannis: the city of Milwaukee are blessed to have a player and human being of your caliber represent us. You and your family are our family.

Channeling his inner quarterback à la Bucks co-owner Aaron Rodgers, Middleton and the Bucks were able to get anything they wanted against the Nets.

My oh my. Nic Claxton and Deandre Ayton may need to start a support group to handle all this REJECTION.

Nothing to see here, just Jordan Nwora casually blocking one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Also: excellent team passing on the Allen three. Defense and passing that’s the winning team-oriented basketball I like.

Moving along….

Thanasis stuntin’ like my little brother.

Just unreal control and poise from Giannis. Nobody can stop that.

Calm, collected and clutch. That’s how these Bucks roll, and how they win.

Stat-line Of The Week

I love a good stat-line. Big numbers just looks so beautiful in an organized line. Each week I will gush over the best Bucks best on-paper performance and award them the Bestest Buck award. This week’s historic first-time winner is Giannis Antetokounmpo for his performance against the Brooklyn Nets. Giannis went for 32 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS, 7 ASSISTS, 1 STEAL, 2 BLOCKS and made 7-9 FREE THROWS. I expect Giannis to win quite a few Bestest Buck awards this season.

Week One Record: 2-1

Overall Record: 2-1

Next Week Opponents: @Pacers, Timberwolves, Spurs

One Final Thing

For your viewing consideration: the incomparable beauty and soul of Brook Lopez.

Written by Joel Kananen

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