This hurts, clean and simple. Milwaukee Bucks were two victories away from the NBA finals. So much will be talked about what happened when the team picked the worst time to get its worst lost streak of season. I have gone through all the emotions while writing this, and I don't think there is a single word that can be used. When I sit here trying to reflect on the season, it is strange to say the least. If you had told me back in October that Milwaukee would be in the Eastern Conference Finals, I would have been over the moon. I had expected Milwaukee to make the Eastern Conference finals, but it would have been a rock fight with a meeting against Boston. Well Milwaukee was facing Boston, but it wasn't a rock fight, and more of a block was chucked on a leprechaun. But how do we look at this last season now, in retrospect?
Let's start with the negatives and get it out of the way. Bucks lost four consecutive matches and jumped two-digit leaders in games 5 and 6, failing to steal the game 3 in Toronto. Budenholzer's fears were justified by some of his rotation choices in the Toronto series. The team could not hit the shot and their half goal was rejected. Giannis fought in this series, Eric Bledsoe had another playoff series he could forget, and Chris Middleton was frustratingly inconsistent. Your midseason acquisition played out of the floor. You had high contract players like Ersan and Tony Snell on the bench, and your first round pick was also damaged quite often.
Now that the issues are being broadcast, they have decided to stay and continue reading this, time for positives. Giannis was the MVP this season, which is great to see considering where he was like a thin teenager in 201
Milwaukee brought NBA basketball to the entire state of Wisconsin. For nearly 30 years, Bucks was primarily a team, a niche group of people around Milwaukee worried about. Some people outside the city obviously cared, but when you mention Bucks, people were confused looking at their face or assuming you were talking about Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now Bucks is a Wisconsin team and a positive point. Children from Racine, Rhinelander, Madison, Chippewa Falls have Giannis jerseys. Fiserv Forum is a beautiful venue that really brings so much to the Milwaukee area and will be home to Bucks for decades and potentially generations of fans. The team is in a good place and must now find the changes to take the next step not only to be in the NBA finals but to win it.
Finally, I will personally send each one of you a thank you for not only reading this, but being involved in something that we at Brew Hoop have put out in this last season. For me, when the season started, I was dismissed from my job and more depressed than I had ever been, my mental health was a complete mess while looking again for jobs. Bucks was a great escape for me for some hours, even when people wanted to troll and complain, it was still better than the reality I was in. Fortunately, I could find a new job and share my excitement with my colleagues just as I do for all of you and I would like to thank you for helping me through it. Whether you read an article, share it on your respective social media, listen to our podcast, comment on our game threads or recap or watch me chug kool-aid on a periscope! We always strive to give you the best content, which is why we do this on this site. The season left a bitter taste and will certainly leave us wondering "what if?" In some time. But the season also showed how special this team is, and how more desires are better than wading through mediocrity. Basketball never sleeps, so we'll be ready to go with the offseason and next season, but I figured it would be a good arc to try to pack the season as a whole. The Hype train did not reach its destination as desired, but everyone on it made it a special trip.