Even though the Milwaukee Bucks suffered their first loss of the season, they are set to have a fantastic year and make it back to the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks came into their Thursday night showdown against the Boston Celtics as the last undefeated team remaining in the NBA. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t leave that way. The Bucks lost 113-117 and fell to 7-1 on the season.
Despite the loss, the Bucks are still well-positioned to be in the conversation as one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. They’ve already played the three other top teams (Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers) and have a 2-1 record. Of course, Kawhi Leonard didn’t play for Toronto last Monday, but neither did Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Fortunately, history is on the Bucks side as far as the playoffs go. According to this article by Bucks Film Room, every team to start the season 7-0 since the 1990-91 season has made the playoffs. Furthermore, 17 of those 19 have won at least 50 games.
That puts the Bucks in some pretty elite company and likely even raises their ceiling a bit. Instead of just expecting a playoff appearance and possible second round appearance, Bucks’ fans are now setting their sights on the Conference Finals.
The good news is they’ve proven they can accomplish even the loftiest of expectations. Despite watching the Celtics knock in a franchise record 24 three-pointers and struggling from downtown themselves, Milwaukee still hung around. The Bucks had every chance to win the game down the stretch, but failed in a couple of key moments.
Even though it was disappointing at the time, it’s okay for now. The Bucks have only played in Mike Budenholzer’s system for eight games where as the Celtics have been in Brad Stevens for several years.
Overall, the Bucks should be extremely proud of their great start to the season. But that doesn’t mean they should be satisfied. The Bucks will have plenty of opportunities to do things this franchise hasn’t done since the 80’s. And that’s not something to be taken lightly.