I guess the Celtics didn’t get enough of an ass kicking last week in Boston against the Bucks, so they’re coming down to Milwaukee for another helping of whoop ass from Giannis and the boys. Back to the match-up in a second, but more importantly, the Bucks are coming back to The MECCA, aka the stadium directly south of the Bradley Center, where UW-Milwaukee now plays, and the Bucks used to play. They recreated the floor to how it looked when Kareem and Oscar Robertson were floating in sky hooks and dropping triple doubles all the way to a championship in just the Bucks 3rd season ever in 1970-1971. Did I mention they went 12-2 in the playoffs that year including a sweep in the NBA Finals, eat shit Warriors 24-1. It’s the Bucks 50th anniversary season, so they’re going back in time for tonight’s game in an absolutely electric atmosphere with the sickest throwback court of all time.
The Bucks’ dark green is going to match so perfectly with the accents of the court while Giannis dunks on every person associated with the Celtics and Middleton and Brogdon rain 3s from the light orange points stretched across the 3 point arc. The court and the play of the Bucks tonight are going to be the most beautiful thing to touch this Earth in a long, long time, and I cannot wait for tonight’s game. The Celtics are coming off 2 feel good wins against the Knicks and 76ers, but as long as the Bucks play the way they’re suppose to (Let Giannis do his thing and kick it to wide open 3 point shooters), they’ll be 4-1 after tonight.
3 Keys to the V:
1. Giannis Shoots 30 Times from the Paint
Giannis Antentokunmpu is easily the front runner for MVP after coming into the season with the “not a superstar yet” tag, and if you’re still saying he’s not a top 5 player in the league, you’re just a internet troll hater and know absolutely nothing about basketball. The guy is averaging 36.8 ppg, good for the league lead by over 5 points, and has made only one 3 all season. Not one 3 per game, no just one made 3 pointer in 4 games total. He’s a scoring machine the old fashion way, let him drive, post-up, manhandle, do whatever he wants to the defense as long as he’s shooting 30 times from the lane, making half, and drawing at least 5 fouls. That’s an easy 35 to go along with his usual 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
2. Hold Kyrie to Under 20
When these two teams met last week, not one player on the Celtics scored more than 20 points. They were just fortunate enough to have 5 guys in double digits so they could barely scrape out 100 points in the game, and that was because the Bucks took away their main options of Kyrie and Horford (combined 30 points), making the young guys step up. If the Bucks find a way to hold Kyrie under 20 by rotating a fresh Brogdon, Snell, or Middleton onto him, all who are lanky perimeter defenders that easily outsize Irving, can bully him while he’s driving, and will always have a hand in his face during a shot; the young guys won’t be able to replicate last time, and the Bucks’ will win big.
3. Win the 4th Quarter
In the loss against Cleveland and the close thriller vs the Blazers, the Bucks didn’t have it in the 4th quarter like they did in the other 2 wins. They downed Boston 32-20 in the 4th in their win and managed a 20-17 last quarter against Charlotte. If you play close the whole game, and win the 4th, most likely your going home with one more dub on the record.
Get amped for the game because the Cavs have shown they’re vulnerable in their last two losses against the Magic and Nets, yikes, and I’m really starting to think this year could end in a NBA Finals appearance.