Nothing is misplaced on me in terms of Damian Lillard, and that included his 39-point debut within the Milwaukee Bucks’ 118-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. That is what he does, and Giannis Antetokuonmpo is very happy to cede the essential duties to a person who has constructed his model on clutch moments.
Within the thoughts of a fellow villainous theft killer: Lillard is the most effective there’s at what he does, however what he does is not very good. I am certain that is just the start of a parade of highlights from him this season (that can have me sobbing uncontrollably). And I am equally sure that the Bucks have to improve that two-guard spot now or they will bleed factors to opposing backcourts.
Tyrese Maxey and Kelly Oubre mixed to attain 58 factors on 19 of 33 from the sector. Though De’Anthony Melton began the sport on the two, new Philly coach Nick Nurse caught with the hot-tempered Oubre after it turned clear which streaky shooter was carrying his birthday swimsuit. It was an encouraging sport for the 76ers amid James Harden’s continued chicanery and additional proof that they should transfer the late-stage rock star as quickly as potential.
Joel Embiid wasn’t nice in opening up his MVP protection, with seven turnovers, 5 missed free throws and 5 fouls. He nonetheless has 24, 7 and 6, so it is not like he was an entire catastrophe. My level is, if I advised you the way Embiid and Lillard performed earlier than you noticed the ultimate rating, you’ll have stated the Sixers misplaced by 20, proper?
Giannis had eerily comparable numbers to the Sixer heart – 23, 13, 3, with 7 turnovers and 6 missed freebies – so the Bucks can go greater too, however Malik Beasley and Pat Connaughton do not get greater. A small guard subsequent to Lillard was a giant motive why Portland regularly sucked defenses, whereas fixed dribbles for layups, open threes or foul bother created bigs. Brook Lopez and Antetokounmpo every dedicated 4 fouls, with solely the latter blocking any photographs. Maxey additionally went to the road 10 instances.
Milwaukee is extra harmful with Lillard as a result of he’s a fourth-quarter offense to himself and an insurance coverage coverage towards dangerous possessions. That stated, the hazard goes each methods, and is made even better when you’ve a bunch of henchmen accompanying him within the backcourt.