MILWAUKEE – It took 51 seconds for Buck's superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to become known to the world – and especially the Toronto Raptors – as to how Game 2 should continue ,
A clattering sound of his own failure between two defenders. A vicious rejection of what Raptors Center Marc Gasol looked like after two clear points. Another powerful bang after being left alone under the basket.
"I think he definitely set the tone," Antetokounmpo said. "That's exactly what I tried."
In an instant, the Bucks went and ran, controlled the action, and never looked back when they dismantled Toronto. On Friday evening, they won 1
The Golden State Warriors, armed with their four All-NBA stars, will reach a third consecutive title and a fourth consecutive title in five years this season. After the Warriors managed to send their fiercest rival, the Rockets, in the sixth game of the Western Conference semi-finals in Houston without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus cousins, that feeling only got stronger.
However, it is time to consider this end.
"We have the MVP on our team, man," Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon told ESPN as he left the field. "We have some good people in this team, a great coach … we won all year, man."
"I have high expectations of this squad.
That should be the case for the rest of the world of basketball:
Well, let's clarify a few things: this series is far from over The Raptors have won 58 games this season, they have Kawhi Leonard and they still have the next two games in Toronto Back in the series just 48 hours ago, Toronto made three quarters and looked like it could steal the opening game of the series, and when Milwaukee reaches the NBA finals, Durant will probably return someday, and cousins could do well No, that's no explanation for the fact that the Larry O Brien Trophy is coming to Milwaukee. However, it is a recognition that the idea of a 2019 Buck's Bucks title is no longer imaginary
For six months, the Bucks have weathered the league poorly, setting a record of 60 to 22 of the top leagues, with an average margin that has made them some of the best in recent times. People wondered what the bucks would look like if they were to play in the playoffs against the competition of the other elites.
After disassembling the hopelessly over-satisfied Detroit Pistons in the first round, they waited for what had happened. The Boston Celtics would do something to them. After a stroke in the opening game of this series, the bucks rolled through the Celtics four times in a row.
Now that they have not only survived a shaky performance in Game 1 but have throttled the Raptors from start to finish in Game 2, it's time to stop asking if those dollars are real, but instead ask themselves Why it took so long for everyone else to realize that.
In some ways, the doubts about these dollars were extremely large normal. The last time this franchise won a playoff series, Antetokounmpo was 6 years old and lived in Athens, Greece. The Bucks have defeated their first-round playoffs in three out of the last four seasons, and only one player in his regular rotation – reserve guard George Hill – has experience with NBA finals.
Teams do not usually skip steps in the NBA playoffs. Usually they do not jump over them. But that's exactly what the bucks did.
Much of this is due to Antetokounmpo, who has advanced from being one of the best young talents in the game to arguably the best player in the world. It was fitting that the NBA would announce its finalists for this year's Los Angeles award ceremony next month, before the Bucks took on the Raptors on Friday. Antetokounmpo has been voted the most valuable player in the league as well as the most defensive player of the year.
It's his unique ability to influence the game on both ends – he finished the game with 30 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in Game 2 – which makes him a unique force making dollar her entire team rebuilt. "I'm overjoyed to have Giannis," said dollar coach Mike Budenholzer. "He's incredible, and then you say," Wow, I think he can be even better. "
" The great thing about Giannis is that he wants to be better. And we coach him and we're on him and we think he can do more and he just sucks it up. It's just so unique to have a player like this who just wants to be great, and you feel like he has more.
While Budenholzer judged his star, the same sentiment could be shared in Milwaukee's squad, and it was also fitting that Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year finalist on Friday because of his system for Antetokounmpo
The same goes for the general manager of the team, Jon Horst, who last summer signed Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez, and Pat Connaughton for a total of $ 12 million, then did a couple of excellent inter-sales deals, to add to Hill and Nikola Mirotic.
All five of these players have become key figures in Milwaukee's playoff rotation – one who has stayed with nine players in the playoffs and has stood up when other, allegedly deeper teams have competed against it.
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"It's amazing," Antetokounmpo said of Milwaukee's depths. "It's so nice to see boys come into the game mentally prepared, set the tone for the whole team and only play hard.
" In this squad, the boys can rise every night. … that's the beauty of basketball. That's the beauty of the team we trust each other in.
The bucks have trusted each other in this magical season, and what they've been waiting for, at least, is the world for the rest of the basketball to catch up with them.
The corridors of the Fiserv Forum spread to Milwaukee's victory Yes, there is still a long way to go in Game 2. Yes, the Raptors remain a huge threat, a good one That is enough to make the series even more competitive Yes, the Warriors are almost certainly on the horizon with one of the largest starpower collections the league has ever seen – and with the expertise and experience of the championship that Milwaukee lacks.
What the bucks have is their CV: The bucks were the whole season about the dominant force of the NBA, a wrecking ball that has shattered practically everything that came in its way.Milwaukee has a white-hot star and a system that both fit perfectly to this star and is staffed with ideally suitable support parts. And if the Bucks qualify for the NBA final, they have the advantage over their own court.
This formula could produce this year's NBA champion. It is time to acknowledge this as more than an imaginative statement. Instead, it is a perfectly reasonable reality.