After their 131-120 win in Los Angeles over the Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks have officially sealed up a spot in the NBA Playoffs after grabbing their 48th win of the season. It is extremely telling that the Bucks were only hoping to make the playoffs two seasons ago. Now, they will be expecting to be one of the top two seeds, at minimum, and are also going to be believing in their chances to win the Eastern Conference outright. If Eric Bledsoe, who drained 31 points on the same day he signed a new extension with the team, keeps playing the way he did, the Bucks are going to be a major force to reckon with. We all know about Giannis Antetekounmpo and what he can do, but the Bucks are good everywhere. And they just added Pau Gasol to the mix, making them even longer and stronger. This will be a difficult team to score against come time for the playoffs, as they can lock you down on defense and hit open shots. The win in L.A. was the eighth in a row for the Bucks and was also their tenth consecutive on the road. The Lakers, who also got 31 points from Brandon Ingram on the night, find themselves in real trouble. Two games under .500, they have to get their act together quickly or they will be out of the running.
There aren’t many reasons to write about the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks right now. Neither team is very good at all and are in a rebuild mode. But Friday night made history as they combined to score the third most points in NBA history as the Bulls held off the Hawks 168-161 in four overtime periods. It’s the most points total that have been scored in the regular season since 1983. The Bulls victory in the ATL saw them overcome what was a sterling showing from Trae Young. The point guard posted the most points in his career, 49, in a losing effort. Despite that, he became the first rookie since Allen Iverson to average over 40 points a game in three games in a row. Fine company there. Maybe the NBA will start to show some of these so-called ‘lesser’ games on national TV more!
Antonio Brown has made a lot of waves recently, and he could be set to make some more now as reports are suggesting that the Oakland Raiders are interested in acquiring his services from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown, who infamously missed the final Steelers game of the season, has been in a tug of war with ownership of late. And in truth, is there a more perfect place for a player with a bad atttidue to go? The Raiders have always taken questinable character guys. Looks like the tradition is set to continue, no matter where they might be playing at next.