Monday Morning Media Roundup: April 18, 2022

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Style points are temporary, saved victories are eternal. That’s about all there is to remember from Milwaukee’s opener against the Chicago Bulls last night. That, and thank goodness Brook Lopez came back when he did.

What a strange position we find ourselves in as fans having seen this story play out so many times just a few playoffs ago: The Bucks come out, look completely out of sorts to start Game 1 of a streak, only to get in shape over the next two games. The difference this time around being that they escaped with the win despite their poor play. It’s actually remarkable that the Bulls had 12 more shot attempts and still lost.

If you’re looking for silver liners, I’d point out that Mike Budenholzer has had a pretty tight rotation from the jump. It was necessitated by the score, but I would prefer that we jump from A to Z with nine days off to work. You expect Khris to average less than seven turnovers per game, Giannis is a threat and Pat Connaughton’s shooting percentage should also increase. The double wing defense of Jrue Holiday and Wes Matthews is also promising and flexible.

So the Bucks screwed up and almost found out. Either way, they emerge a win closer to a repeat. I’ll take that.

Let’s go around!


As NBA playoffs begin, Bucks and Suns aim for Finals rematch (Washington Post)

A good piece to establish the NBA playoff picture here. Amid the noise, it does indeed seem very likely that the Suns will come out of the West. Whether Milwaukee can manage to do the same from the East is another question. Giannis will be the best player in any series, but whether our second, third and fourth best players face off or impress their counterpart is more of an open question that most of us probably enjoy night to night.

One thing to watch in every NBA first-round playoff (The ring)

Zach Kram has been very good all year with his NBA coverage, which is why his “one thing” for Bucks-Bulls being nothing at all is so hilarious. This was of course written before yesterday’s game, but the underlying dynamic between the two teams makes the discrepancy even wider.

De’Aaron Fox explains how Giannis’ strength caused season-ending hand injury (NBC Sports)

Breaking news: Giannis is big and strong. More at 9.

Fan Article of the Week

Is it tasteless to make a joke about the risen one day after Easter? Apologies if so, but R983 is officially back with the triumphant return of the final player rankings. Please consider, for your reading pleasure, “Top 20 Players Ranking – 2022” and “Players Ranking: Top 21-50 – 2022”. And the best part is that R983 takes into account suggestions and changes along the way, so you too can have a say in how the rankings change!

know your enemy

Yeah, it’s cheating to literally go and remove the post-game piece from the other team’s site, but that’s the latest from them. And it’s actually a very in-depth recap with a Bulls-centric point of view. If you want to go a little further, you can read the finely named “Big problem for little Chicago: Bucks’ dangerous height advantagepiece from Saturday.

The social media section

The bench crowd is alive and kicking

These guys look strangely alike

Please do more than three for the love of charity

Massive respect for the Bucks intern who has to round up these niche celebrities for appearances like this

Brandon Jennings: Truth Teller.

Proof that BJ3 is onto something, if you needed it

Zion has always admired Marques and continues to do so to this day.

Taking Bulletin Board Hardware to New Heights

Thank you Tuna

The best nightly quote in the league is here in the Twin Cities


Apologies for a short MMMR this week. The media didn’t give me a lot to work on, and once we get into the playoffs, that last section becomes somewhat stale. Either way, the series shifts to Game 2 in Milwaukee on Wednesday with a central tip at 8:30 p.m., Game 3 takes us to Chicago on Friday, and a potentially crucial Game 4 will be played at noon in Chicago on Sunday.

Hopefully the good parts of yesterday are here to stay and the bad parts fade into the mists of the past.

Happy Monday!

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