Similar to how it has been over the past several years, the Milwaukee Bucks are battling it out yet again for the top spot in the East. At the moment, they are just a half-game behind the Boston Celtics, who are currently No. 1 in the conference with a 21-6 record.
It’s obviously still way too early in the season to make any assumptions, but it just feels like the Bucks are going to be somewhere up there again as we come closer to 82 games.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Keeping His Eyes on the Prize
Following their win over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night, Bucks talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo shared his assessment of his team’s current standing at this point in the season. After a rather tumultuous start to the campaign, Milwaukee has gotten their groove of late — much to the delight of the seven-time All-Star:
“For a team that’s not on the same page, being able to be 21-7, that’s pretty good, man,” Antetokounmpo said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “A new coach, couple of new players, it’s not bad.”
Antetokounmpo did not go all-out with his praise, though. He, of all people, knows that the Bucks still have a long way to go in terms of reaching their objectives this season. He is also well aware of the fact that their record means nothing if they are not able to live up to their own lofty expectations:
“We’re still not there, but I don’t know, me personally, I don’t care about the record,” he continued. “I don’t care if we finish 60-22 or if we finish 65-17. It has nothing to do with what the goal is.
“The goal is to be on the same page, work on a string offensively and defensively, start believing. Start believing in our game plan, start believing in ourselves, start believing in our ability and know what everybody can do — what Dame is good at, what Brook is good at, what I’m good at — and try to put ourselves in position to be efficient and effective in the game. And hopefully, you click when it matters the most. … But at the end of the day, there’s a goal in the back of our head. I think it’s in everybody’s head that we want to be there at the end, so we have to keep on working. We have to keep on working, for sure.”
The next test for the Bucks comes in the form of a four-game road trip which starts on Saturday against the New York Knicks. They play the Knicks again on Christmas Day, followed by matchups against the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 27 and 28, respectively.
Milwaukee went 6-for-6 in their last six games — all at home — and they will now take their talents to the road to test how far they’ve come this season.
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