After a scorching hot March, the Bucks had lost their first three games in April and were still trying to secure a playoff spot with just three games left. In order to do so, the Bucks needed to beat Philadelphia and have either the Pacers, Bulls or the Heat lose. The Bulls lost 107-106 to Brooklyn to help punch the Bucks playoff ticket.
The game which was billed as a matchup between Rookie of the Year Candidates, Dario Saric and Malcolm Brogdon, became a disappointment for both players as Brogdon was held out from the game due to injury and Saric who was celebrating his 23rd birthday, suffered the loss.
It was another somewhat sloppy game for the Bucks who trailed at halftime to the Sixers who came into the game with a 28-51 record on the season. Matthew Dellavedova started out 0-7 from the field. Khris Middleton had a few normally routine shots clank off the backboard and the team struggled with turnovers. In the end they were able to pull it out though and that’s what matters.
Per usual, Giannis Antetokounmpo, led the team with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. It has been his consistency that has kept the team afloat for this long even as other players falter around him. At one point the “Greek Freak” had a huge play as he stole an inbound pass and scored two points.
Greg Monroe had another solid outing coming off the bench, as he contributed 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He has been a very solid 6th man for the Bucks and has made his mark as a nightmare for the other team’s second unit to try to defend. “Moose” came on strong at the end of the game as the Bucks were attempting to seal the victory.
Currently, the Bucks aren’t coming across as that confident team that was taking the league by storm last month. Hopefully, getting Brogdon back, and settling into their normal rotation, will propel this team forward as they head into the playoffs.
The Bucks head back home for a quick one game homestand before traveling to Boston to finish out the season