Giannis Antetokounmpo warned the league after the Milwaukee Bucks were able to play at full strength for the first time in 280 days. The last time the Bucks were fully healthy was during their 114-111 Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the 2022 playoffs.
Khris Middleton, an All-Star forward for the Bucks, suffered a sprained MCL. As a result, they were unable to successfully defend their championship after falling to the Boston Celtics in the second round in seven games. When the Bucks crushed the inferior Detroit Pistons 150-130 on Monday, all of their players were available.
Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo discussed the team’s potential to dominate opponents when healthy as he made his own comeback after a five-game absence due to a knee injury.
“Our team is like packed. There is no seat to sit on the bench. Sometimes you have to sit on the floor, sometimes you have to stand… Just look down at our team and damn, I’m like ‘we’re good,’ as long as healthy, we have a chance,” he said.
“How many points we scored today, 150? That does’t mean we’re going to score 150 points every single night but once we’re in full strength like this team is really good. There’s a lot of threats out there,” he added.
In the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks boast one of the strongest rosters. With a superstar like Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are a problem in every area of the game. They have superb wing defenders, knockdown 3-point shooters, rim protectors, and more. With the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, they have managed to remain competitive despite their health problems (30-17).
Bucks destroy Detroit Pistons with a fully fit squad
All-Stars Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo started against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. While the former had been absent for the previous 18 games, the latter had missed just five. Antetokounmpo appeared to have made the most of his recovery time because he started the game strong.
The “Greek Freak” scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. He also attempted seven free throws, demonstrating his aggressiveness early in the contest. After building a 49-24 lead into the second quarter, the Bucks were three points shy of breaking the Golden State Warriors’ NBA record for most points in a quarter.
Over the next three quarters, the Bucks scored another 100 points to win 150–130. Coach Mike Budenholzer limited the playing time for Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. While the latter received 15 off the bench, the former played 24 minutes. The 30-minute mark was not reached by any of the starters. After quickly establishing a comfortable lead, the Bucks utilized 14 players in the rotation.