Recapping the Bucks Playoff Run

Photo: All-Pro Reels

Photo: All-Pro Reels

Ceff Diaz, Staff Writer

After a long regular season, the reigning NBA champions finished 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings with a 51-31 record.

The Bucks made it to the NBA playoffs, in which they faced the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The Bucks beat the Bulls in Game Five, almost sweeping them, led by none other than the reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

The Bucks then faced the Boston Celtics in round two, who had the same regular season record as the Bucks. The Bucks and the Celtics would battle each other and prove how great both teams were, and despite a few problems the Bucks still managed to take the Celtics to a Game Seven.

However, without one of the Bucks’ key players in Khris Middleton, the Bucks could not finish the Celtics off in Game Six or Seven, costing the reigning NBA Champions their ticket back home from Boston.

Many fans were surprised by the Bucks taking the Celtics to seven games without Middleton. The Celtics had one of the best defenses in the regular season and brought the Bucks down with a barrage of 3s from their superstars in Game Seven, leading to a blowout.

The game ended 109-81, with Boston having shot a better field goal percentage than the Bucks, 42%, and the Bucks shooting 36.7%. The Bucks could not get any threes to fall and ultimately shot 12.1% from three, with 33 shots taken and only four made. Giannis had 25 Points, nine assists, and 20 rebounds. 

What a tragedy seeing the reigning NBA champions go out like that. The Bucks could not secure another win after game five and lost back to back. I believe that if Khris Middleton hadn’t gotten injured during the first round of the NBA playoffs they would have won in Game Six and moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Giannis posted historic numbers and became the first NBA basketball player with 200 points, 100 rebounds, and 50 assists in an NBA playoff series.

The Celtics will move on and face the Miami Heat on May 17th in the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m calling Miami in six.