The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, but everyone needs to remember to keep their cool moving forward.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, especially when the moment is as big as it was on Friday night. ESPN has been billing the Milwaukee Bucks-Los Angeles Lakers game for nearly a week now; setting the stage for a late run at the MVP award by LeBron James.
Make no mistake about it; James has been terrific this season. Even at 35-years-old, he’s doing things that most players in the league can’t do. He’s also leading the Lakers back to the postseason and they have the best record in the Western Conference.
Regardless, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been even better and has led his team to not only the best record in his conference, but in the entire NBA.
After watching James take over down the stretch against the Bucks, some might say he’s back in the MVP race, but I urge you not to get caught up in the moment. Yes, James was great. But Antetokounmpo has been better the whole season even if that wasn’t true on Friday night.
There have been looming questions about whether Milwaukee can win in the postseason after falling to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Some will try to say they’re vindicated with the recent losses to the Lakers and the Miami Heat.
Although it’s true Milwaukee is going through a mid-season offensive slump and they still have work to do, we shouldn’t draw conclusions after one or two games. Instead, we should look at the bigger picture. The Bucks have won 53 of their 63 games this season and have all but secured homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
They also have the best net rating in the NBA this season and one of the top marks in the history of the NBA. Their defense is far and away the best in the league and doesn’t get enough attention for being historically great.
Sure, they have some kinks to work out moving forward, as does every team. However, more has to go wrong for the Bucks to lose in the postseason than any other team. If they simply stick to their guns and play their game, they will be able to make a strong push for an NBA championship this season.