The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of a 125-115 win against the Pistons in what was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s best game of the season. After a day off, the two teams are set to play a second straight game against each other in Milwaukee. The Bucks (4-3) will be looking to win three games in a row for the first time this season. The Pistons (1-6), on the other hand, are attempting to snap a two-game losing streak.
The game on Wednesday falls a day after the Kenosha District Attorney decided not to file charges against the police officers involved in the Jacob Blake shooting. Famously, the Milwaukee Bucks initiated a boycott of the NBA playoffs last season in protest of violence against black people by the police. Their initiative earned them Sports Illustrated’s Team of the Year award.
In regards to the decision, the Milwaukee Bucks released the following statement:
The Bucks release a statement following the Kenosha County district attorney's decision to not charge the officers involved with Jacob Blake's shooting. pic.twitter.com/Z5yYFpLRrJ
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 6, 2021
There has been no statement from the players about what they will do in response to the decision. Last night, Marquette’s men’s basketball team all took a knee in unity during the national anthem in protest.
Giannis Returning to MVP Form
The reigning two-time MVP and reigning Defensive Player of the Year played his best game of the season on Monday. Giannis finished the night with 43 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. He was 17/24 from the field and 7/9 from the line.
The Bucks’ Bench Will Be Key
The Milwaukee Bucks bench had three players score in double figures against the Pistons in game one. New addition Bobby Portis is averaging 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds off the bench. Another new addition, Bryn Forbes, is shooting a hot 46.8% from behind the arc. The Bucks seem to like his play with Giannis, and may try to increase their minutes played together.