Last Saturday the Milwaukee Bucks clinched their first playoff berth since 2015. For those that do not remember, their 2015 playoff run ended in a 54 point loss to the Bulls in game 6 of the first round. 54 POINTS!!!! If you’re thinking, hey I made have read that wrong, don’t second guess yourself. This was the second biggest blowout in NBA Playoff history. The final score was 120-66. Their defense was horrible in this game, and clearly, their 66 point offense was even more abysmal. To say the least, this is one of the most embarrassing performances that any Wisconsin sports fan has ever had to endure.
With all that being said, there is a little bit of redemption that they are looking for. Many of the players from that 2015 season are still on the roster today. Khris Middleton, Giannis, Jabari and John Henson are the four that are still around. One of which played any kind of role. Jabari was hurt, Giannis was just a skinny kid from Greece and John Henson was a non-factor. Although most of these guys did not play a major role in the team that year, I think it is key to have some guys still on the team that have a taste in their mouth about that ridiculous blowout. Hopefully that will give them a little chip on their shoulder and they will go out and get a playoff series victory.
The Bucks have only made the playoffs 3 times in the last ten years with this year being the fourth. And to kick us while we are down, they have not made it past the first round since 2001 when they made it to the Conference Finals where they lost to the GOAT, Allen Iverson. It is safe to say that this has been a pathetic run of unsuccessful seasons and horrible basketball.
And then comes along our savior, The Greek Feak. He single handedly puts us on the radar and brings our team to the playoffs. Is that good enough though? The Bucks rebuilding process is about 4 years along now and at this point in the process I think that a playoff berth is not good enough. We need to get a playoff series victory. The only excuse that I can think of is that K-Midd was out majority of the season and then Jabari went down after that. So we are still not at full speed with Jabari being out. Even with him being out, I still think that we need a playoff series win this year. Make it to the second round and then build from there.
The future is very bright but we need to stay on pace with our rebuilding plan. As much as I hate to mention the Cubs, they had a five year plan to get them to a World Series and literally by year five they won they were world champions. It is easy to get off track of a plan and staying on your growth line is extremely important in the plan. Each year we need to get better.
I would also be remised if I didn’t mention that Moose has been great off the bench. I was extremely worried that we were going to lose his interest and dedication when he was moved out of the starting lineup and into a bench role. He is 26 years old and has yet to make the playoffs in his career. He is an extremely important piece to the Bucks puzzle and he is starving for the playoffs. If they are going to win a playoff series, they will need him to be at his best, and I am expecting nothing else from the hungry Moose.
There is no doubt that the future is bright in Milwaukee. Giannis, K-Mid, Jabari, Thon and Brogdon. I could not be happier with that starting five, but the key is to keep them all healthy and together for years so they can grow together and we can get the Bucks to where we want them to be.
Could not be more excited about the playoffs and what they are going to show us. They do not have a good record against the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference and even worse, as of now, they are slotted to play the Raptors and the Bucks do not have a good history of playing in Toronto. Toronto has a good following and their home court is not an easy place to play. So it will be pivotal to win at home and try to steal one on the road.
Good Luck in the Playoffs boys.