It looked like the Thunder were a nationally ranked 5th grade AAU team, like the ones LeBron’s and DWade’s kids play on, and the Bucks were a 5th grade Saturday morning, travel basketball team with Giannis being that one kid that’s already like 6’3″ and can hang with anyone because he’s basically a full grown adult at that point. However, I am not at all worried about my Bucks. They’ll be fine. Yesterday’s fluky performance can best be explained through the opening verse of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”:
It’s just one of those days, when ya don’t wanna wake up
Everything is fucked, everybody sucks
You don’t really know why, but you wanna justify rippin someone’s head off
No human contact, and if you interact your life is on contract
Your best bet is to stay away motherfucker!, It’s just one of those days!
When you’re down 18 points going into halftime, you soak all the balls, jerseys, shoes, socks, hoops, nets, court, and stadium in gasoline, turn around, start walking, put on some sunglasses, place a cig in your lips, flip open your zippo, light the dart, breathe in a deep, slow drag, toss that lighter over your shoulder, hear the explosion as it all goes up in flames, and pretend like the game never happened. It was just one of those days.
However, there were two huge things the Bucks must fix if they have any hopes at all of being a Championship team. We’ve already made it to the playoffs and are definitely a playoff caliber team, so at this point, we have to take it to the next step, starting with figuring out these two issues.
1. Khris Middleton has to understand when it’s not his night.
Khris is definitely our second best player, coming off his best game of the season where he dropped 29 against the Hawks. He’s a great 3 point compliment to Giannis’ driving capabilities. He started this one though on a nice 0 for 6 run and ended up 3-13 with a cool 0-5 mark from deep. I get it, I understand the only way to get out of a scoring slump is to by keep shooting, trust me, every time I play a game of basketball, I have to shoot myself out of a slump. However, if you shoot 1 less time than Giannis, and score 19 less, you need to realize that it’s not your night and use your play-making skills to set-up someone’s who’s feeling it with a good shot.
2. Thon Maker needs some milk.
Here’s a side by side view of Thon Maker and his matchup last night, Steven Adams, along with their heights and weights.
Thon Maker: 7’1″ and 220 lbs Stephen Adams: 7’0″ and 250lbs