Tensions are high for the Milwaukee Bucks. They are no longer playing just to finish off the season with a winning record. They are close as they currently break even, but they want more than that. The Bucks are playing for the postseason.
They have their eyes and mind set on the playoffs, and will not let anybody who crosses their path stop them. Milwaukee is not prepared to have their season end when the regular season does. With the season coming to an end in the near future, the time is crunching to bring their postseason dreams to life.
The Bucks have just a few weeks to make it happen. Their remaining games will be crucial, but the Bucks are trying to make the most out of each game. Their matchup against the Lakers yesterday was a solid example of that. Milwaukee was not going to walk away from their Lakers game with anything except a victory.
Things got escalated between the two teams in the third quarter. The scuffle started when Lakers’ guard Nick Young took a hard foul by Milwaukee Bucks‘ Malcolm Brogdon during a drive to the rim, according to ESPN. Following the play, Young pushed Brogdon.
Shortly after, a few other players felt the need to get in the mix. One of them was Bucks center Greg Monroe. In response, then it was Lakers swingman Brandon Ingram. Within just a matter of second several other players participated in the scuffle.
It ended up being broken up by officials, and halted play for several minutes. The altercation between two teams led to a few players being ejected. Officials ejected Young, Monroe and Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell.
It cost them a player, but the Bucks accomplished what they set out to do. They defeated the Lakers. Milwaukee worked hard for their Friday night 107-103 win over Los Angeles. They may of played a little more aggressive than they intended, but playing aggressive may of just won them Friday’s game.
Lakers’ coach Luke Walton spoke on the incident between the two teams, say that it was clear that he did not want anyone throwing punches, or worse, get hurt. He continued to say, after watching the replay, he is going to need someone explain what was going on to him, because he could not make any sense of it. He was said that officials told him that Russell had been ejected because he escalated the situation, however, what he saw was Russell responding after Monroe had grabbed Young by the neck and had thrown him down.
It may not be decided exactly what escalated things last night, but one thing was decided, the game, and the Bucks won. It marked Milwaukee’s second consecutive victory. Right now the Bucks sit seventh place of the Eastern Conference, going 34-34. Today they will be aiming for their third win as they play the Golden State Warriors.
Will the Milwaukee Bucks surprise Golden State tonight? Can the Bucks carry some momentum forward? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod