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Bucks Roundup: Week of 12/4-12/10

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Monday December 4th: Celtics 111, Bucks 100

Milwaukee’s only blunder of the week came at the beginning of it against the East-leading Celtics. The Bucks fought hard in this one but ultimately were unable to overcome early deficits. Giannis’ 40 points, nine rebounds and four assists was yet another strong showing from the potential MVP, but this was not enough. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe added 19 and 18 points respectively while John Henson (0-6 FG) failed to score in 21 minutes of action. Kyrie Irving led the charge for Boston, finishing with 32 points. Al Horford was a team-high +21 as he nearly missed a triple-double, totaling 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes of floor time.

Wednesday December 6th: Bucks 104, Pistons 100

Giannis received a pretty solid 23rd birthday present in this four-point win over a strong Pistons team. The Bucks were able to hold Detroit’s late surge off despite 27 points, 20 rebounds and six assists from star center Andre Drummond. Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley reached 21 and 20 points respectively, but that was not enough to overcome six Bucks in double figures. The Big 3 of KEG (or however you abbreviate it combined for 68 points, with significant help from John Henson (10 pts), Malcolm Brogdon (10 pts) and Rashad Vaughn (11 pts). It appears Vaughn will be set for a low-20 minute/game role for the foreseeable future with Jason Terry, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova sidelined due to injury.

Friday December 8th: Bucks 109, Mavs 102

The Bucks managed to avenge their earlier loss to the Mavericks after a shaky three quarters of basketball. Khris Middleton was the hero in this one, finishing with a team-high 31 points (10-18 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT) that included several clutch shots down the stretch. Giannis continued to perform at MVP-caliber levels with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a hefty 43 minutes of action. Wisconsin native Wesley Matthews dropped 29 points (11-15 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) but Dallas was unable to complete the season series sweep.

Saturday December 9th: Bucks 117, Jazz 100

If you watched this game, you would have no idea Giannis played 43 minutes just one night prior. The Greek Freak continued his destruction of the opposition, posting 37 points (14-22 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 39 more minutes of basketball. Even after the Bucks had sealed this one off, Giannis continued to show no mercy with this emphatic throw-down on Jazz center Rudy Gobert:

The Bucks avenged another early season loss, splitting the season series with the Jazz (13-14). Milwaukee held rookie standout Donovan Mitchell to just 12 points on 4/17 shooting, just half the number he totaled back on Utah’s 121-108 victory over the Bucks back on November 25th. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe added 20 points each, as the KEG Big 3 combined for an even better 77 points in this one.

This Weeks’ Games 

Wednesday December 13th @ New Orleans Pelicans

The first of two meetings between the Bucks and Pelicans kicks off the week, as the Bucks will have a true test against the twin towers of Anthony Davis (25.1 PPG) and DeMarcus Cousins (26.2 PPG). The Bucks will have three days of rest up to this point, so there should be no signs of fatigue. There is an increased chance we will see Matthew Dellavedova returning to action, who has been sidelined for the past several weeks with knee tendinitis.

Friday December 15th vs. Chicago Bulls

The Bucks get to see their rivals of the near south for the first time this season as well this week. The Bulls (5-20) post the league’s worst record but have won back-to-back games and should never be counted out despite how bad they may look on paper.

Saturday December 16th @ Houston Rockets

This will easily be the toughest matchup of the week as the Bucks travel to a hostile Toyota Center against what is currently the league’s best team at 20-4. The Rockets have yet to lose a game with Chris Paul in the lineup, and as of the beginning of this week have won nine straight. A battle between two of the league’s MVP candidates in Giannis and James Harden will be must-see TV.

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