The Milwaukee Bucks were able to watch their championship banner being lowered into the rafters, as well as receive their championship rings last night before their game against Brooklyn. Recognition of Milwaukee’s championship concluded and it was time to play their first game of the season with plenty of emotion from the pregame ceremony. The Bucks cruised to an opening night victory 127-104 over the Brooklyn Nets. They start the season strong in their title defense.
Antetokounmpo, Middleton Lead the Charge for Milwaukee
Giannis Antetokounmpo starts his 2021-22 season on a strong note, collecting his first double-double. Finishing 12/25 from the field, the 2x MVP finished the night with 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists. Giannis showed last night that he is ready for the season to start. He showed obvious improvement in his jump shot which will make him virtually unguardable if he can knock it down consistently.
Not only did Giannis play well, but Khris Middleton also got a near double-double. Finishing the night with 30 minutes of game time, Middleton had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Antetokounmpo and Middleton were two of six Bucks players finishing the game in double figures.
Bucks Missed Bench Players Plus Holiday For 2nd Half
Going into yesterday’s game, the Bucks were without Bobby Portis, Rodney Hood, and Semi Ojeleye. Starting point guard Jrue Holiday also left last night’s game with a heel injury and did not return. With these scratches, the Bucks could not have played any better. What stood out to me was the way Milwaukee played defensively. Despite Patty Mills finishing the night 7-7 from deep, the Bucks did a good job of running the Nets off the three-point line. Milwaukee also showed an interior presence defensively which will make a lot of Milwaukee fans happy.
What makes this team so scary after one game is they played this well with missing bench pieces and their starting point guard for half of the game. The Bucks looked deep last night, getting six players in double figures. Players like Pat Connington and Jordan Nwora stepped up in the moment and ended the night with 20 points and 15 points respectively.
I enjoyed watching Jordan Nwora on the floor last night, showing his defensive upside with his block against Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation when some of the players missing from tonight’s game return to action.
The Bucks look like a championship team right away on night one. They took care of the Nets pretty handily on Tuesday night and will look to have at least four or five players a game in the double-figure scoring mark as the season continues. The Bucks’ depth is something that has been talked about a lot this off-season, showing it in last night’s victory. Milwaukee’s title defense has started on the right foot with an opening night victory.
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