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What The Buck Is Up Report: Week Two

The Bucks have a tough time with key players missing time against quality opponents.

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: 119 Pacers: 109 (3-1) 

The Bucks continued their dominance over Eastern Conference Central Division opponents with a solid victory against the Indians Pacers. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with a near triple-double in the victory.

-Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday were held out of the contest with minor injuries. George Hill and Thanasis Antetokounmpo took their place in the starting lineup. Nice to see the Antetokounmpo-bros starting together.

-Rodney Hood made his Bucks debut playing 10 minutes and hitting one three.

-Grayson Allen has fit in with the team perfectly. Allen was the third leading scorer with 19 points and 4 made three pointers, behind Giannis and Middleton.

-Giannis was on assist short of a triple-double in a 30 point performance that is a top contender for Bestest Buck award later in this column.

Bucks: 108 Timberwolves: 113 (3-2) 

As the defending champions, the Milwaukee have a massive target on their back in every singe game. Timberwolves had a hot start including a perfect 7-7 on field goals to begin the game, and stayed hot throughout. Giannis had an excellent showing with 40 points, but it wasn’t enough. The Bucks fourth quarter comeback fell just short, and Milwaukee lost their first home game of the season.

-Fan favorite Bobby Portis checked in for the first time this season to a huge ovation. New-signee Semi also saw action for the first time.

-Giannis had two monster jams with about two minutes left in the game, one that put Karl Anthony Towns on a poster. The other was a ridiculous self-alley-oop off the backboard that was made through traffic.

Bucks: 93 Spurs: 102 (3-3)

Without All-Defense member Jrue Holiday, the Bucks have struggled to defend opposing guards. This trend continued against the Spurs, as Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and old friend Bryn Forbes combined for 56 points. The Bucks needed more from their bench unit, but did not receive it.

-Semi Ojeleye shot five three-pointers and miss all three for the second game in a row.

-Bryn Forbes was honored by Milwaukee and received his championship ring.

Bucks: 95 Jazz: 107 (3-4) 

All tricks and no treats for the Bucks on Halloween Night, as they lost their second game of a home back-to-back. The Bucks were trapped in a nightmare trying to guard the Jazz backcourt, with the spiderous Donovan Mitchell slicing and dicing à la Freddy Kruger. Mitchell and his terrifying and talented teammates Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley completely controlled the pace and flow of the game. Despite his best Batman impression, Giannis Antetokounmpo was left Robin-less as Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez did not play.

-Giannis attempted ten three-point shots against the Jazz and made three. The Jazz did a good job double teaming Giannis and forcing other players to make shots, which proved to be an effective strategy.

-The scary stat of the week: Jazz 25-27 on free throws and Bucks 5-6 on free throw. Spooky discrepancy.

Bucks Twitter Plays Of The Week

 

Stat-line Of The Week

Here at the What The Buck Is Up Report we believe that regular season wins and loses come and go, but stat-lines are eternal. Last week’s Bestest Buck award was given to reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Greek Freak has secured the vaunted trophy for the second week in a row. Antetokounmpo put up a tremendous 40 POINT, 16 REBOUND, 7 ASSIST, and 3 BLOCK performance and was 3-6 on THREE POINT SHOTS.

Week Two Record: 1-3

Overall Record: 3-4

Next Week Opponents: @Pistons, Knicks, @Wizards

Written by Joel Kananen

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