Bucks getting Malcolm Brogdon back; Walker out for Hornets

Tricia Pearson
April 15, 2017

Their next game is Monday night in Milwaukee against the Milwaukee Bucks (41-39). Another rough outing by Middleton (eight points, eight rebounds on 3-11 shooting) didn't stop the Bucks from clinching their playoff spot though. They can secure at least the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference by beating Charlotte. "If we're going to keep them honest and get to our strength, the shooters have to make shots". If Charlotte can't defend the three well (something that has plagued the team the entire year), then coming out of Milwaukee with a W is a hefty task. How does 2-for-2 sound?

Milwaukee continues to jockey for playoff position, and Atlanta's surprising win over the Cavaliers yesterday gave them a firmer hold on the five seed. "Well, this is the first step", Terry said.

The Bucks have not seen a winning record in over seven years, despite having a couple playoff appearances in that span. "We've felt the pressures of getting out of the first round. We'll feed off of that".

The Bucks had their first winning season since the 2009-2010 season, and managed to avoid the Cavaliers and the Celtics in the first round.

Toronto won the season series, 3-1, taking a pair of lopsided victories at the Air Canada Centre.

But with Brogdon and Henson back in the rotation Monday night, the Bucks were at full strength, just in time for two games of playoff prep work. They were able to squeeze by a checked out Pistons team, but haven't looked remotely close to the same team they did during their improbable March run.

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Coach Jason Kidd says Brogdon will be limited to about 25 minutes. Understanding that, they must find a way to regroup and get back to playing the brand of basketball they are capable of playing. (You want to be) fully healthy, too. "We've been through them one by one".

Indeed, they've been hot and cold all season. Therefore, the Jazz could easily take this home game.

The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs.

The Bucks' barometer for success all season has been ball movement and defense.

"All are really good teams". During their poor stretches, those things disappeared.

The Raptors outscored the Bucks in the fourth quarter in three of their four meetings this season, and the fourth quarter was even in the fourth meeting. They had assists on 10 of their 11 field goals in the quarter and they limited Charlotte to 5-for-20 shooting. It was an all-around great team effort and that win put the rest of the league on notice that the Bucks are a legit threat to anyone come playoff time. "It's all been a building-block type of season". I could go on all day about that dark time in Bucks history but you get the point. Tucker, Corey Joseph, Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell account for over 30 points per game alone, and all of these players have playoff experience in their back pocket. That's all any team can ask, especially a young one.

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