Between dollars undefeated since the beginning of the season and monsters logic was respected in hacking. Milwaukee took control of the game quickly thanks to a particularly aggressive Jrue Holiday.
The leader, who finished the game with 29 points on 12/24 shooting, even offered his team a 22-point advantage (86-64) in the third quarter. What a reaction from Minnesota, who scored 8 points (97-89) at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then we say the Wolves are in the process of turning the “momentum” around, but Giannis Antetokounmpo has done what he has, even if he’s had more trouble than usual finishing in the circle (7/17) or free throws (10/20). With the clumsiness of wolves, it is necessary to keep his team in front.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– 3 point difference. Wolves weren’t too far behind and their turnover was better than in recent games. Back to within 8 points in the final quarter, they could have dreamed of a steal…if they hadn’t missed so many 3-pointers. They went just 2/14 from distance in the final quarter and 11/41 overall (27% success). Especially for their part, the Bucks finish a very nice 17/38 (45%).
– Great job to the KAT/Gobert duo. To be honest, there was some improvement in this matchup, but Karl-Anthony Towns still has a lot of work to do – the Rudy Gobert tandem is really effective offensively. The two men don’t necessarily step on each other’s toes when they’re together on the pitch, but their respective positions and the opportunities this presents to the defense don’t really allow them to exploit their qualities. When one or the other was on the bench, we found a real fluidity in the attacking game. Another +15 for the Bucks in all phases they are associated with.
✅ Jrue Holiday. Another ultra-solid performance on both sides of the floor. From the point of view, he scored 29 points with 12/24 shooting, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
✅ Giannis Antetokounmpo. “The Greek Freak” was doubtful for the match after suffering a knee injury. We felt he was embarrassed, he was struggling to get to the rim more than usual and he was struggling at the free throw line. But he still finished with a big triple-double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and made important moves in “money-time” to avoid unpleasant surprises.
✅ Bobby Portis. A new sacred site off the bench for the Bucks’ 6th man. 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and an important basket to disrupt the rhythm of the Wolves.
⛔ D’Angelo Russell. He was completely eaten by Jrue Holiday. 9 points on 3/15 shooting, 4 assists for 3 turnovers. Given the current level of play, his starting spot is absolutely in jeopardy…
BEST START EVER FOR BUCKS
The Bucks had already won 7 in a row in 1971/72 and then 2018/19, but this is the first time in their history that they have started a season with 8 in a row.
– Milwaukee (8-0): Reception of lightning, next night (01:00)
– Minnesota (4-5): Reception of rockets, also the next night (01:00)