WHAT. A. NIGHT. If you’re a Wisconsin fan, you had the opportunity to watch not one but TWO tight wins from our dynamic duo down in the 414 last evening. The Bucks kicked off the night with a 106-102 dub over our possible first round foe, the Kyrieless Boston Celtics. Then, only a few minutes later the Brew Crew capped off a four run comeback to knock off the Cards in the bottom of the ninth.
Bucks Take Down Celtics in Possible First Round Preview
56 seconds left and Giannis just pinned Jaylen Browns layup against the backboard to preserve a five point Buck’s lead with 53 seconds to go. Annnnnnnnnd NUT. Yet again, the Greek Freak came through in the clutch to help lead his Bucks to a four point victory over the currently second seeded team in the East, the Boston Celtics. Along with his great defensive performance Giannis added 29 points, 11 boards and six assists. Although the great stat line, the Bucks actually went on a 11-3 run late in the third quarter when Antetokounmpo left the floor.
Middleton added 20/8/9 with three steals while Bledsoe dropped 18 with four dimes. If Milwaukee can get 60 a night out of these three, things usually seem to go our way. Jabari came off the bench after his incredible performance Sunday night and contributed 12/3/3 in 31 minutes. It seems as though we are getting to the point where we are seeing a “playoff” lineup with Bari coming off the bench and Snell starting. The stat that stood out to me was that Parker was +13 tonight which led the team. Things are beginning to trend in the right direction at the right time. As the standings are this morning there is a three way log jam between the last three spots in the East. Milwaukee, Washington and Miami all sit at 42-36 with four games to go. The Bucks will face three non-playoff teams and a 76er team without Embid. Miami will face off against a desperate OKC and Toronto while the Wizards get the Cavs and the Celtics. Milwaukee is currently in the driver’s seat for the sixth seed and if they get it they will head to Cleveland or Philly (most likely) for the first round. #BucksInSix in full effect baby.
Yelich and Braun Go Back 2 Back for the WIN
It was a mostly boring game last night if you were a Brewers fan through the first 7½ innings with the Cardinals banging up starter Chase Anderson. Anderson lasted only four innings, surrendering eight hits and four runs while striking out five. Chase is not the answer for the Brewer’s rotation. I’ve never been a huge fan and watching three balls leave the yard so quickly only strengthened the hate. Luckily, he won’t be the storyline because starting in the bottom of the eighth, magic began to brew. A short rally was started by a Christian Yelich ground rule double and was followed up by Travis Shaw and Eric Thames’ RBI singles which cut the lead to one heading into the top of the ninth. The untold story of the day would be the five scoreless innings by four Brewers pitchers from the bullpen (Jeffress, Barnes, Albers and Jennings) which would set the table for a chance at a tie in the bottom of the ninth. Eric Sogard started the inning with a lazy pop fly to center and Lorenzo Cain was sat down looking at a questionable strike three. Christian Yelich came to the plate to face Cardinal’s reliever, Dominic Leone. Down to his last strike, Yelich unleashed on a belt-high slider, driving it into the Harley Davidson Deck and tying the game at four. Before Brewer’s announcer Brian Anderson (who is amazing by the way) could catch his breath, Ryan Braun finished the game with a no-doubter over the left field wall leaving Leone shocked and shit-pants’d as he saw his blown save turn into a loss in only two pitches. Hot damn, another clutch Braun homerun. Shit just hits me right in the feels. Funny fact, Braun has faced Leone four times in his career now. Three of those bitches are dingers. Game. Set. Match.
Happ to Enter Draft, Relax Idiot
Today it was announced that Wisconsin Basketball Redshirt Junior Ethan Happ would be declaring for the NBA draft and would not be signing an agent. Happ will be able to participate in the NBA Combine in Chicago which happens in late May. Happ then will have until June 11 at 5pm est to make a decision, the pros, or the Badge. This move was to be expected by Happ as Nigel Hayes did the same thing. It’s a great thing for Happ to go compete for five days against the nation’s elite players.
It’s Hump Day, the weekend kind of starts tomorrow?