Milwaukee Bucks Grades and Reactions to 2OT 113-106 Loss to Chicago Bulls in Game Three

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Apr 23, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball backwards between his legs during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reactions: The Good

  • A major story-line going into the game was how much would the Bulls’ fan-base fill the stadium and how much of a home-court advantage would the Bucks really have? The answer is “moderately” and a resounding “big one”.  The Bulls fans had a presence. There’s no denying that. Having the greatest player ever will do that for a fan-base. The ratio of Bucks to Bulls fans was somewhere between 60/40 and 70/30–but the Bucks fans were louder and far more passionate than their red-clad-preparing-to-get-ousted-by-the-Cavs counterparts. Every time a “Let’s Go Bulls” chant broke out there was a “LET’S GO BUCKS” chant to swallow it. Even Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb showed their support for the young Bucks. Kudos to you, Bucks fans, we defended the house.
  • Did John Henson show he belongs in the Bucks’ long-term plans? Uhh, yeah–he sure did. Aside from this highlight-reel put-back slam over THREE Bulls defenders, Henson added double-digit scoring (on 6-8 shooting), fourteen rebounds, three blocks, and a (+/-) of +11. He also played 39 minutes to Zaza’s nineteen. Hmm. Let the chin-scratching ensue.
  • And unto thee a playoff-Giannis is born. He exorcised his Bulls’ demons and put up 25 (leading the Bucks) on 10-22, with 12 rebounds (6 offensive), and two blocks. Yeah. He’s still the guy. Check out his highlight reel.
  • The visceral passion at 1:40 gives me hope. Check that. It’s a full man-crush. I’m not ashamed.

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