Antetokounmpo went off with an efficient 32 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes. Pretty good for a player that only dunks and has no skills. I don’t really take much out of this game besides the obvious fact that the Bucks are the best team in the league and it isn’t even close. Don’t overreact to this one game no matter how ugly it was. The Thunder have been overachievers this season and have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since Thanksgiving. All good things must come to an end though and that’s what happened tonight with the Bucks snapping OKC’s franchise high nine game road winning streak in dominating fashion.
OKC was able to keep it close for 1.5 quarters until the Bucks realized that they’re the Bucks and put a butt whooping on the Thunder for the rest of the second quarter to give themselves a 23 point lead at half.
OKC panicked and got away with what works for them in the P&R and started settling for a bunch of bad jumpers. When playing a team like the Bucks you got to stick to your strengths or they will just chew you up and spit you out like nothing. You need your A+ game to compete with the Bucks and instead OKC had arguably their worst performance of the season.
This game was won and loss by both teams in the perimeter. OKC shot 6-35 (17.1%) from three while the Bucks went 21-45 (46.7%). A 45 point difference in a 46 point loss.
The only good news out of this embarrassment is that nobody played more than 27 minutes tonight for OKC and they don’t play again until Tuesday so this serves as a good little resting period before they hit the final home stretch of the season.
No matter how bad this loss was (worst margin of defeat in franchise history,) it still only counts as one loss in the standings. This game was a good opportunity for OKC to test themselves out against the best team in the NBA and it turns out the gap between Milwaukee and OKC is prettttyyyyy wide. Oh well, at least we don’t have to play against them anymore times this season. Burn the film and move on.
(Side Note: How interested do you think the Bucks would be in Chris Paul this summer if they fail to make the Finals? Keep in mind all the interior and exterior pressure they’ll face knowing their franchise player is on the verge of Free Agency too.)