In what has already been a roller coaster season, the Milwaukee Bucks seem to be finding their rhythm at exactly the right time. The win keeps the Bucks planted firmly in the number eight spot. That leaves them one half game ahead of the Miami Heat and gives fans hope of possibly making the playoffs.
The Bucks, who were playing the second of back to back games, used six consecutive defensive stops towards the end of the game to close out the win against an explosive Timberwolves Team.
Players kept referring to it as a hard fought, ground out, team victory as they relied on high energy from Tony Snell who led the young Bucks with 19 points, on 6-9 shooting from the floor. It was a very balanced effort for the squad, as 7 players scored in double figures, including Gianni’s Antetokounmpo, who knocked in 18, while adding 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
It was a great team effort tonight. Back-to-backs are always tough. A lot of guys fought through it and we grinded a good win out. According to Greg Monroe.
Milwaukee seems to have found their stride around the same time Khris Middleton returned to the line up, even though Jabari Parker was lost soon thereafter. This was the fifth game in a row Milwaukee has held an opponent to under 100 points and seems to be a sign that this squad is starting to gel.
The “Greek Freak” helped in that effort and added to his performance with two big blocks down the stretch. Besides his offense, the young star is also proving to be an intimidating rim defender.
Karl Anthony Towns had an impressive effort as he dropped in 35 points and 14 points in what turns out to be a tough loss for another young team hoping to sneak into the playoffs. KAT, who hit a couple of big three pointers down the stretch, has developed into a massive star for the Wolves.
One of the unsung heroes for the Bucks this season has been Greg Monroe, who the Bucks had on the trade block earlier this season. Recently, “Moose” has made his presence known, by scoring in double figures in 11 of the last 13 games.
The Bucks now head out on a six game road trip which features games against the Grizzlies, Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, Blazers and Kings.