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    On Pace for 70

    Exactly halfway through the season and the Bucks are 35-6. Needles to say, if they match that in the 2nd half of the season, they finish 70-12. My gut says they don't quite get there, but impressive to be in the conversation. There have only been 2 teams in NBA history to reach the 70-win mark: The Chicago Bulls in 95-96 went 72-10 and the Golden State Warriors in 15-16 went 73-9. There are not many nights where it feels like the Bucks could lose.

    Also impressive, the Bucks have scored 100+ in 65 straight games. That is an NBA record since the 1986 Dallas Mavericks scored 100+ in 67 straight games. The Bucks have the top defensive rating (101.5), 3rd in offensive rating (113.9), 1st in pace (104.8) and 1st in net rating (12.4). A good litmus test will be this Thursday against Boston. The team that gave the Bucks one of their 6 losses earlier in the season. Boston is 26-11 and own the 4th best record in the NBA.

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    As long as they are over 57 1/2, I'm good!

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    The Bucks have been fun to watch as they for the most part play pretty good team basketball. They have also been a much needed basketball fix given some of MU's recent struggles.

    It's been rare to see a 70 win team, and with the relatively new load management practice who knows if we will see it again, but if anyone can do it the Bucks with their depth could be the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MUAlphaBangura View Post
    As long as they are over 57 1/2, I'm good!
    I think you're good on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goose85 View Post
    The Bucks have been fun to watch as they for the most part play pretty good team basketball. They have also been a much needed basketball fix given some of MU's recent struggles.

    It's been rare to see a 70 win team, and with the relatively new load management practice who knows if we will see it again, but if anyone can do it the Bucks with their depth could be the team.
    Some of the national pundits think the Bucks are built for the regular season but don't have enough "star power" to win it all. I don't buy that. I see the Bucks in a similar fashion to the Spurs that won 5 during the Tim Duncan era. Giannis is Duncan, if not better, but otherwise it is a strong team built on depth, chemistry and playing together versus 2 or 3 superstars (i.e. the Heatles). The 2004 Pistons are another team that won it all without a Big 3, but rather a solid starting 5 with great chemistry and great defense.

    Needless to say, give me a NBA championship over winning 70+ but falling short in the playoffs. If the Bucks are sitting at 68 or 69 wins with 2 games left, and the #1 seed wrapped up, I rest Giannis, Middleton, Bledsoe, etc. Some thought the Warriors were burnt out and nagged by injuries in 2016 when they went for 73 but lost to Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

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    Most teams that have the two or three star players have very little else.
    This Bucks team has the best player, but also have some high level players that seem to compliment each other well and play defense.
    The Bucks also confidently go more than 10 deep (Giannis, Middleton, Bledsoe, Wes, DiVencenzo, Lopez (2), Hill, Ersan, Connaughton, Brown, etc). Not many teams can do that, and it really helps when the star players take a breather and we are putting a much better bench up against anyone else.

    I don't care about the number of regular season wins, just want to get to the NBA finals and have a shot.

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