NBA: Bucks open up season with tough loss to Celtics

“Don’t be mad, be encouraged.” Image via Bucks Twitter. (@bucks)

The 2020-2021 season opener for the Milwaukee Bucks, didn’t produce the result you’d hoped for. A 122-121 loss to the Boston Celtics has left a sour taste in the mouths of some. (Surely for Giannis, after missing the game-tying free throw with 0.4 remaining in regulation.) As much as many want to be mad about this, they shouldn’t.

Sure, a loss is a dim outcome. Who doesn’t want to start the season 1-0? You must look deeper than the end result, to see the bigger picture.

The Bucks have gone through a major roster overhaul. You have new players that have to get acclimated to the returning players on the roster, and some guys that have been on this roster are in new roles. This was most noticeable on the defensive end of the floor. Give it time, they’ll get it together.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday combined to score 87 points. You’re going to win many games when that triple threat gets buckets in that fashion.

I mentioned Milwaukee’s defense, it wasn’t all pretty, but it wasn’t all bad either. At one point, the Celtics outscored the Bucks 62-36(!!!). Boston built a double-digit lead on the Bucks, only for Milwaukee to dig in, get stops, make shots, and gave themselves a chance to win this game.

Think about this: it took a bank prayer of a 3 from Jayson Tatum and a missed free throw by Giannis, for the Celtics to win this game by 1 point. Don’t be mad, be encouraged.

This game should excite Bucks fans everywhere. There’s still work to do. I mentioned on this week’s episode of TO:SS, that I fully expected Milwaukee to have their struggles early on, but I’m confident in what they can become. This game proved my point.

The Bucks get another opportunity to get things right, Christmas Day, against another team trying to get right, the Golden State Warriors.

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