Monday Morning Media Roundup: April 11, 2022

Oh how sweet these playoffs can be.

Amid all the different storylines before the last day of the season, I had always assumed that we would remain the second seed in the East. It would have been good for me; we would need to dive headfirst into the fire eventually, so if that meant playing the Nets right away, then so be it.

I had hardly given the possibility of falling into third place and playing the Chicago Bulls thought a lot. Probably because, if we can be frank, the Bulls are as close to nothing as they are in a playoff field like the NBA. Having to shut down Lonzo Ball for the rest of the season put a big blow to any latent aspirations the team might have had, but even if he had been around, which is what we are about to witness, c is the total breakdown of an entire professional sports organization. by a seven-foot-tall agent of doom. There isn’t a single soul, let alone two or three put together, on the entire Bulls roster that will bother Giannis Antetokounmpo so much. We’ve seen him throughout the regular season, and we’re about to see him rise to a new level to start Milwaukee’s title defense.

I admit there remains the outside possibility that DeMar DeRozan will have the streak of his life, stepping up to the playoffs in a way he has never done before in his entire career. In that case, I admit the Bulls might be able to take one away from the Bucks, but any more than that would really come as a shock. This speech is not even that I am bombastic or boastful; it’s just looking at the cold hard facts and understanding that Milwaukee should be heavy, heavy, heavy favorites.

There’s no such thing as a march through the playoffs, but looking at the board now, I’d feel good about our chances of beating Chicago, beating whoever survives a Celtics/Nets slugfest, then deal with Toronto or Miami in the ECF. Starting things off with some confidence is a blessing, and I hope the Bucks take full advantage of it.

Let’s go around!


The Bucks looked different without Brook Lopez. Now that he’s back, can Milwaukee repeat? (FiveThirtyEight)

I love when the Bucks or a particular player comes under the Second Spectrum lens since that data is simply not available to us plebeians. I’d suggest reading the piece because it does the usual FiveThirtyEight thing of giving what we see numbers, but this little chart is fun:

The sheer change of Bobby’s holdings from last year’s drop to blitz/change/show this year is truly mind-blowing. And it makes sense that Brook has somehow increased his holdings this year as he struggles to find his groove quickly. Fun info here.

Giannis Antetokounmpo jokes aside, Bucks is serious about repeating (NBA.com)

I hope we would. It would be a little strange to play this whole season and make the playoffs, even though King Dad Joke is our heart and soul.

The definitive MVP case for Giannis Antetokounmpo: The two-time winner just keeps getting better (Action Network)

Lots of great video clips and explanations from Matt Moore here. He’s been following the league for a while so has a good idea of ​​how to sum up the general tenor of a player’s season, and I think he’s captured Giannis’ 2021-22 campaign quite well. From dominating plays to subtle mannerisms, he’s changed his approach to take advantage of what defenses usually throw at him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo put his money in 50 banks until Bucks owner helped him invest (Bloomberg)

Lasry sees this as giving advice to one of his players disregarding the fact that Giannis liked having the option to go to any bank he liked, regardless of who owned it, and also that Giannis himself maybe felt compelled to bet as much as possible on regional/local banks. Man of the people and all that.

This NBA MVP run might be the closest in recent history (The ring)

Almost inevitably, Jokic will take home the prize by a landslide of votes for first place and then all the hyperventilation about how wasted the run we had will be. Happy to have had this streak of two games against the Sixers and Nets where I was convinced Giannis had won it again.

How and in what way can Luca Vildoza adapt to the rotation of the Milwaukee Bucks? (one on one)

I suggest you go in and hit the translate button for this article (which was helpfully retweeted by Frank Madden). Honestly, I hadn’t expected Mr. Vildoza to be the subject of such a poetic rhapsody. If he can win the hearts and minds of fans back home like that, maybe he can do the same here in Milwaukee. We wish him well here with the Bucks, and hopefully he can wow and earn a spot for himself this offseason.

Fan Article of the Week

A very difficult award to present this week as a long standing institution R983 makes a triumphant return among us. However, just like with the scorer title, I think a good FPOTW winner should be someone who has a number of appearances to fall back on. So, sorry R983, it’s nothing personal (especially since you have plenty of FPOTW trophies in your case as is); the last regular season FPOTW winner is WiscoJoe! Come down here and enjoy the praise for “Bobby Portis: Will he stay or will he go?” ! I’m always grateful to others who bother to take a look at upcoming free agency spells, which teams have cap space and ask logical questions about why a guy would be wanted / would like to go there. WiscoJoe is pretty confident that as long as Bobby is willing to sign “below market” one more year this offseason, he’ll have a long contract and a likely long-term role in Milwaukee.

know your enemy

The social media section

Sometimes stupid, sometimes amateur philosopher

Khris asks the tough follow-up questions

Joe Ingles don’t need a green to hit that sweater in your eye

It’s funny now that the big conspiracy is that Milwaukee is the league’s favorite franchise

Just chop that antler like a buck next year, please.

I appreciate that Grayson dresses like I would if I was in the league

Sandro confirmed captain of the Anti Social Club

I like sunglasses and that’s about it

I did some research and it looks like Luca had the rest of his arm sleeve tattoo done in December 2021. Looks good.

God bless the Argentinians


Retired Janitor’s 2021-2022 Prediction Record: 51-31

Riley’s 2021-2022 prediction record: 46-36

I humbly offer my congratulations to rj on another season of betting in the books. I’m too lazy to go back and watch, but I have to understand that it’s been three years in a row with the Prediction title in hand, a dynasty the Bucks can only aspire to.

As of this writing, we don’t know when the Bucks will first play (the league may reveal later tonight, Sunday), but it’s safe to assume we’ll start things off at home for the game. 1 Saturday. I fully anticipate a win, even if it’s a midday whistleblower on NBATV that six people can watch.

Happy Monday!

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