The last time the Milwaukee Bucks played the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs (2015), we experienced what I consider to be one of the most important moments in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise.
The defending World Champion Milwaukee Bucks get a 93-86 victory inside Fiserv Forum over their rival the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the NBA Playoffs First Round to take the 1-0 series lead!
I always say….you simply can’t afford to lose the Budenholzer “feeling it out” game. So it was big for the Bucks to get this win.
I said it after game one in the first round against Miami last year that it took one playoff game for the Jrue Holiday trade to pay off, you could say the same thing this year.
Brook Lopez had a monster fourth quarter tonight.
Without Holiday and Lopez tonight, Milwaukee doesn’t get the win. The two of them saved the day for the Bucks.
Add tonight to the list of big Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez playoff games. Some monstrous plays on both ends of the floor by both in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee needed every one of them on an incredibly scrappy night.
Side note: The greatest player in the world, Giannis Antetokounmpo, gets no respect.
Also, Giannis shooting free throws during the halftime show, tale as old as time.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double with 27 points on 10-of-19 from the field, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but did have five turnovers. The Greek Freak did battle foul trouble tonight, some of them were weak/bad foul calls on him too.
Khris Middleton was for the most part brutal tonight. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 from the field (1-for-7 from 3) and had six assists and five rebounds, but had seven turnovers and had some poor defensive moments in the second half. Middleton just seemed way to lackadaisical to me.
The Bucks had too many unforced turnovers tonight and seemed a little unmotivated until crunch time. It’s actually incredible Milwaukee won this game with 21 turnovers.
Mike Budenholzer postgame said: “Sometimes, you gotta win ugly. It’s not always going to be pretty or perfect.”
One thing I would like is for Jon Horst to build a wall at the Illinois border so we don’t have any more annoying Bulls fans at Game Two (or any other games at Fiserv Forum in this series).
Easy is boring. Fear The Deer!
The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls will play Game Two inside Fiserv Forum on Wednesday, April 20th. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on TNT.
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