‘Twas the very day of Christmas, and all through the Garden,
not a Knicks fan was celebrating. Not hooting, not hollering.
The stands were all cleared, and cleaned up with great care,
in the hopes that tomorrow, Giannis would no longer be there.
I could go on like this, but neither of us wants that. Much like the New York Knicks falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in unceremonious fashion, it’s better to just move on…even though these two teams will be facing off again imminently.
Three Timely Holiday References
Wear protective eyewear if you’re ever in the building when the Bucks are playing. The team’s recent three-point shooting woes continued, as Milwaukee went only 6/32 on the day, including a stretch of seventeen consecutive misses from deep. The Knicks did not fare much better (8/28), which allowed Milwaukee to shift towards bludgeoning the basket on drives and cuts while New York misfired from midrange. It sure helps to have an MVP candidate on the team if you’re going to come in below 20% shooting from beyond the arc.
This one’s a bit of a stretch, but Hermey’s declaration of love for the field of dentistry illustrates how everybody can fill a role. Today, the Bucks’ role players stepped up in a big way: Brook Lopez put up 20 points despite only making a single three-pointer, Malcolm Brogdon logged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, and Thon Maker added 12 points and a pair of blocks off the bench. With Eric Bledsoe (11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) somewhat muted and Khris ice-cold (more on him next), it was crucial to have multiple Bucks pitch in to support Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP-level effort (30 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks).
Madison Square Garden crowd gives Giannis a nice ovation as he exits today with 30 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in his Christmas Day debut.
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) December 25, 2018
There were whispers that Khris Middleton was coming out of his slump, but it seems that he saw his shadow during Tuesday’s matinee matchup and has a few more games of cold shooting. It wasn’t all bad, as he still managed to end up with a plus-minus of +3, but his 2/12 performance from the field shows that he still has a ways to go to get back on track. But, like the magical snowman everyone seems to enjoy for reasons unknown to me, Khris will bounce back. Let’s just hope that it comes before next winter.