A lot of the talk ahead of Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks centered around the fact that Kawhi Leonard would not be suiting up for the home-team Clippers due to “load management.” To many, this was a big letdown, as a match up with Giannis Antetokounmpo on national television was considered must-see TV. With all of that being said, those that did watch ended up getting a heck of a game anyway, with a different man stepping up to rival Giannis for the Clips.
Giannis ultimately did prevail, posting 38 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a 129-124 road win, but it wasn’t before he had to out duel Montrezl Harrell. Harrell had 34 points of his own on the night, showcasing just how strong the Clippers depth chart truly is. Giannis, of course, didn’t do it alone, getting a lot of help from George Hill’s 24 off the bench. The win is the fourth in a row for the Bucks and means that they are 6-2, while the Clippers fell to 5-3 thanks to losing their first game on their home floor. One interesting tidbit to point out is that Clippers coach Doc Rivers was incensed after the game after a challenge on a foul was upheld. We’ll see where this heads, if anywhere, in the days and weeks to come.