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Giannis And The Virtue Of Being Oneself

by Micah Wimmer

Jul 23, 2021 2:35 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo blends retro ideas of post dominance with conceptions of space and movement that could be revolutionary if only there was anyone else able to follow in his footsteps. Read more »

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In The End There Is Only The End

by Colin McGowan

Jul 21, 2021 8:55 PM

One team wins it all and they are the happiest group of guys who ever lived, they are invincible and immortal and beautiful and exhausted. They vacation, extravagantly. And then we reset and go again. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA

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The Lagging Understanding Of Giannis Antetokounmpo's Dominance

by John Wilmes

Jul 19, 2021 5:46 PM

When it comes to yeoman vernacular, though, the culture is simply lost when they try to put words to Giannis. Too often, they are loudly and proudly wrong. Read more »

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The Narrative-Proof Finals

by Jack Tien-Dana

In the NBA, there is no story beyond the narrative. But these Finals are different. The teams and players have oscillated wildly between extremes from game to game, at once confirming and refuting any prior notions. Read more »
Giannis Antetokounmpo's Visceral, Dominating Game 3

by Colin McGowan

Three-point shooting seems muscular now. Except, you know what is actually muscular? Taking it to the goddamn rack. Giannis is awesome at this. Read more »
The Suns' Precision Vs. The Bucks' Bravura

by John Wilmes

Death by a million cuts has always been the driving philosophy of Chris Paul's angular, probing game, and in the Suns he has the ultimate armada of like-minded blades. Read more »
Suns Show They're At The Top Of Their Good-Good Game With Finals Opening Win

by Colin McGowan

It would be a stretch to say the Bucks need to perfect, or suggest that they could be. They need to be at the top of their good-good game, because that's where the Suns are, that's the register at which we're operating in these Finals. Read more »
The Bucks Defy Characterization, Game 1 Showed It Yet Again

by Jack Tien-Dana

There will forever be a gap between what the Bucks can achieve (era-defining dynasty) and what they will (something well short of an era-defining dynasty). Read more »
A True Variety Of Styles In This Year's Final Four

by Jack Tien-Dana

Despite all the bellyaching about how the NBA has become a homogenized soup of three-point shooting, this year's playoffs reveal the true variety of the game's best teams. Read more »
These Playoffs Have Been A Bridge To Something New

by Micah Wimmer

The 2021 NBA Playoffs have been a bridge to a new era, one that will not fully blossom for a few more seasons, but one that fans can see a faint outline of now. Read more »
The Strange, Gnarly Range Of Bucks Vs. Nets

by John Wilmes

The ultimate messy series at the end of a chaotic, pandemic-wrecked season of basketball, Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee is a gnarly feast of weirdnesses difficult to digest, and even harder to explain. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
Chris Paul And Jrue Holiday's Rebellion Against Obsolescence

by Jonny Auping

Top-heavy NBA teams do something to the way we look at the landscape of contenders that frustrates us more than the notion of great players joining forces; they seemingly render a tier of masterfully skillful players obsolete. Read more »
Jrue Holiday's Mini Max Contract

by Christopher Reina

Considering what the Bucks gave up to trade for Jrue Holiday, their inability to replace him if he were to sign elsewhere, coupled with their championship or bust track, he had tremendous leverage to wait until free agency. Read more »
The NBA's Renewed Team-Building Imagination

by John Wilmes

Unlike the peak of the Warriors' era, the emerging championship contenders of today seem not to be bent in any consistent direction. It is time, instead, to build different kinds of flying that make the sport a more marvelous stew of style. Read more »
2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Central Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Bulls, Pistons and Cavaliers are rebuilding, the Pacers are trying to get out of the get of the first round, the Bucks have championship or bust expectations. Read more »
The Small Market Energy Of Free Agency Panic

by John Wilmes

Despite historical evidence to the contrary, some argue this strain of superstar liberation is novel and it's here to obliterate the league. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Milwaukee Bucks

by Colin McGowan

This is Jrue Holiday's story too, even if as a sidekick. But that's how the league works, revolving around the movements of six or seven guys. Read more »
The Bucks Are Now In Giannis Limbo

by Colin McGowan

The Bucks will stew in professional failure, consider what went wrong and what might get worse, in the coming year. After that period of unpleasant reflection, they can dream about what might improve, because that's a possibility too. Giannis is still in Milwaukee. Read more »
Lakers, Bucks And The Fragile Endeavor Of A Title Run

by Colin McGowan

The number one seeds in each conference appear to be taking the circuitous route to the peaks they'll need to find in later rounds. There's time for that, but it's far from abundant. Read more »
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