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Good spot for a letdown. After beating down the odds-on favorite to win it all Friday, the world has been remarkably silent about the statement made. Nonetheless, that game was the most locked-in the Bucks have been in any game in my lifetime. How would you not come down some after that performance? 

Granted, Giannisโ€™ fire to compete should prevent them from a letdown, Orlando is an improved team and it wouldnโ€™t be shocking... 

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Yes. The Lakers beat the Wolves (in what was a relatively close game until late) in the Wolves' third game of a West Coast trip and the ESPN page main article is how much of a statement the Lakers made and how great AD is. 

The Bucks blow the Clippers out of the arena on Friday (relatively rested Clippers team) and it is a passing reference nationally. The Bucks need to have a chip on their shoulders about that and use it to keep motivated. 

The Magic are the type of team that can get hot from 3 and beat anyone, so the Bucks need to make sure they don't give up too many uncontested 3s. 

The Bucks have played 24 games and are 21-3.   Of their losses the game against Miami and at Utah could very easily have been wins.  Theyโ€™ve also only had a total of two โ€œclose winsโ€ - Utah at home and at LAC.  

I guess what I am trying to say is this is a pretty damn good team and quite honestly they can get better.  

Whatโ€™s insane is they could go .500 the rest of the way and still finish 53-29.  In the East this year I think itโ€™s a race to 60 wins for the top seed.   I think Boston has staying power and the Sixers should be in the hunt but I do not think Miami or Toronto or Indiana can get there.  

Boris posted:

The "letdown" happened in the 2nd half when they kept allowing Magic to hang around. 

Middleton with the dagger 3.

This is the quietest 15 game win streak in NBA history. 

I'm guessing the NBA really wants Giannis out of Milwaukee.

I swear to Christ if Giannis leaves in summer of 2020 the NBA can go fuck themselves. 

I am never watching an NBA game again if that happens. 

There are 30 games left until the All-Star break. The Bucks could go 29-1 but if they lost to either the Lakers, Sixers, or Celtics (or god forbid go 28-2 and lose to two of them), there'd be 5 articles in the national media about how the Bucks won't be able to compete for a title once they get into the playoffs and Giannis is probably leaving. I don't think they are going to approach that (and we shouldn't expect it), but I think something like 22-8 is realistic before the break. That would put them at 43-11. 

The risk is that the NBA can push things in certain directions if they want. All it takes is a couple of borderline charge calls on Giannis in a playoff series. There is also the risk of some guy going "Fred Van Vliet 14-17 from 3 over 3 games" on you and losing a series that way. It can happen to the best teams. 

This whole narrative that it's got to be a title for Giannis or he leaves is just stupid, and you've never heard it from Giannis. 

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