It might be time to fully embrace the Milwaukee Bucks as an NBA contender.
What else can you say after the Bucks posted a dominant 134-111 win over the Golden State Warriors, a game in which the team led by at least eight points during the entirety of the second half?
The Bucks completely dominated the interior against a Warriors squad that just wasn’t making the 3-pointers it needed, outscoring their opponent by a laughable margin of 84-34 in the paint.
Eric Bledsoe led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his MVP bid with 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists despite not playing at all in the fourth quarter.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 9, 2018
Antetokounmpo did not hold back on his proclamations for the Bucks, telling TNT that he believed the Bucks had “arrived” with the win.
Giannis on the message the @Bucks sent with their big win over the Warriors!
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 9, 2018
The Bucks now stand at 9-2 with the best average scoring margin in the league. Their next big test will come Sunday on the road against the also 9-2 Denver Nuggets, the second-half of a back-to-back after a game against the Clippers on Saturday.
Not much to worry about for the Warriors
As encouraging a win as this was for the Bucks, the Warriors have two very large reasons not to panic. Their first reason: Draymond Green was ruled out with a sprained toe. The second: Steph Curry missed the entire fourth quarter with an adductor strain, and there’s reason to believe he wasn’t 100 percent on the floor.
Maybe the Bucks would have won even if the Warriors were at full strength given how they were playing, but it’s hard to pretend like the Warriors are in trouble after one loss, especially considering how little their early season struggles mattered last season by the time they reached the playoffs.
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