Monster Giannis is not enough: so Washington takes advantage of the injured champions

The Greek dominates under the basket with 29 points and 18 rebounds, but the Wizards with Beal win 101-94 condemning Milwaukee to the fifth defeat in 6 games

The visit to the White House, the meeting with President Joe Biden at 20.50 Italian, will be a welcome distraction for Milwaukee. “It is one of those moments that we will remember all our life, a special thing to do all together. And honestly, we need such a day, ”admits Mike Budenholzer. Yes, because the champions arrive at the homage of the US President for the title won in July, and with 5 defeats in the last 6 games to digest, the last one in the capital, 101-94 with Washington, increasingly a surprise candidate for the East. Not even Giannis Antetokounmpo, ruler under the basket but disastrous from the line and long distance, was enough to save them. The Bucks are looking at the big picture, true, but these losses begin to weigh and the injuries prevent Coach Bud from working as he would like.


Milwaukee (4 won-6 lost so far) is still struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Because Khris Middleton is struggling with Covid and far from returning like Brook Lopez, stopped by a back problem, and Jrue Holiday is running in since he is in the second game after 6 of stop. At least there is Giannis to try to make a difference: in Washington, however, he played much less well than the 29 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists on the scoresheet, dominating close to the iron but shooting 0/4 from three and closing with a heavy 5/12 to the free. “I have to stay aggressive regardless of how the game goes, make the right choices, be the leader of this team. Now more than ever ”said the Greek. Coach Bud changed the lineup, putting energetic Bobby Portis (13 points and 13 rebounds) alongside the two-time mvp and joining Holiday to George Hill in the backcourt. The move ended up removing certainty from the attack, held at 94 points and 39.1% from the field, with just 42 points in the second half and a devastating 2/17 from the arc. “At least we made some progress in defense, but we have to grow in attack,” said coach Bud. Milwaukee has closed the first leg of a series of 5 trips, in which it will have to limit the damage. The champions even in this difficult period are showing that they are more profound than last year and have what it takes to repeat themselves, but coach Bud is now forced to give responsibility to the third lines and the results are not coming.


The second victory in a row gives Washington (7-3) the surprise title of the first part of the season in the East. “Our secret is that, despite being a new group, we quickly found our agreement and everyone understood what we want to do and what we have to do to get it ”explains coach Unseld. Against the Bucks the best was Bradley Beal, devastating with 30 points and 8 assists and the ability to understand when to hurt himself or when to serve his teammates. Deni Avdjia also did well, devastating in defense from the bench, and Daniel Gafford, effective under the basket in the second half (11 points and 8 rebounds). Kyle Kuzma (15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (15) confirmed that the former Lakers are the winning card of the Wizards sprint start: together with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope they have given more depth and added great mentality squad. And removed, together with Spencer Dinwiddie (6 points with the Bucks, but also include the triple that sealed the victory), responsibility from the shoulders of Beal, who plays lighter knowing that he no longer has to be the only one to make the difference. Washington now faces a terrible streak of 18 away matches in the next 25 games: they will tell if Unseld’s team can really be the protagonists.

The match

Washington starts with a 12-0, Milwaukee responds with a 12-0 and the match becomes a tense back and forth, with the gap never exceeding 5 points until the second half of the third quarter, when Washington with Gafford as protagonist stretches up to ’82 -71 with the Bucks bogged down in a period of 19 points with 8/24 from the field. Beal tries to complete the job, but Giannis (10 points in the fourth period) always keeps Milwaukee alive. The final word was written by Dinwiddie, putting the triple that extinguishes the pride of the champions with 19 ”from the end.

Washington: Beal 30 (12/19 from two, 2/3 from three, 0/1 free throws), Kuzma 15, Harrell 15. Rebounds: Kuzma 10. Assists: Beal 8.

Milwaukee:G. Antetokounmpo 29 (12/22, 0/4, 5/12 tl), Allen 19, Holiday 14. Rimbalzi: G. Antetokounmpo 18. Assist: G. Antetokounmpo 5.

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