by Yusuf Gadlin
I have to apologize to the Milwaukee Bucks, they are tougher than I imagined.
The Bucks are forcing a Game Six against the Chicago Bulls. They have done so by morphing into the Chicago bulls we used to know. The Bucks play hard nosed physical basketball, and all of there starters seem to have trees for arms. Bucks power forward John Henson, or “Stretch Armstrong,” as I like to call him has been stellar neutralizing Bulls center Pau Gasol. Henson alters and block shots when he checks into the game and is very unorthodox on the offensive end. Henson has surprised me with his ball movement and his insane athleticism around the rim.
Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J Mayo is terrorizing Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler mentally. Mayo is constantly being a pest on defense and still has offensive game capable of matching Jimmy Butler any time. I think people forget Mayo was the number three overall pick back in the 2008 draft. Going up against Butler, Mayo looks highly impressive and relishing every bit of this moment.
But wait there’s more…
Bucks guard Michael Carter-Willams has out played Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. The 6’7 lanky point guard is taking full advantage of his height against Rose who stands at 6’3. Carter- Williams is torching Rose every time he touches the basketball and looks like a savvy veteran when doing so. Rather is hook shots over the top or running bankers off the glass , Michael Carter-Willams height advantage is something the Bulls can do nothing about.
The most amazing part of the Milwaukee Bucks is their head Coach Jason Kidd. Kidd has done a masterful job incorporating his vision through his players. Kidd is a future Hall of Famer, NBA champion, and is Second on the NBA’s all time Assist List as a point guard in his glory days. Jason Kidd knows about running a team as he led the Dallas Mavericks to the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2011. As a coach, Kidd is recognizing what Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau wants to do offensively and defensively. Kidd has brilliantly displayed his basketball I.Q. and his smooth demeanor on the sidelines has kept this young Bucks team from being swept.
The Bucks are trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a series after being down 3 games to none. This team hunger, physical play, and the brightness of its coach has all the tools to dethrone the lackadaisical Chicago Bulls. It all starts with Game 6 in Milwaukee Thursday night. If the Bucks happen to win then all bets are off in a Game 7.
The Bulls better be ready to play Thursday night, Because these young talented Bucks ain’t playing.