The Milwaukee Bucks, displaying undeniable prowess in the NBA realm, asserted their dominance with a triumphant clash against the Philadelphia 76ers in their season opener. The action doesn't stop there, as they are geared up to take on the Atlanta Hawks this Sunday, October 29, with the exhilarating showdown scheduled for a 7:00 p.m.
ET tip-off. Fans eager to catch every moment of the live action can tune into Bally Sports WI and Bally Sports SE-ATL for exclusive television coverage. As legitimate contenders for the NBA title, the Bucks boast a powerful duo in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard.
Yet, triumph in the 2024 NBA championship hinges on more than the prowess of these two basketball titans. Khris Middleton, recognized as the team's third-best scoring asset, recently made his return from injury in the game against the 76ers.
Despite this, he encountered challenges in regaining his on-court momentum, participating in just 16 minutes of the game. In his brief appearance, Middleton notched up six points, dished out four assists, and grabbed three rebounds.
The latest from the injury report indicates that he is slated to miss the upcoming home game against the Hawks, as the team opts to give him some much-needed rest.
Lillard's Opening Brilliance
The Milwaukee Bucks' opening night was illuminated by 'Dame Time,' as Damian Lillard, now with a title-contending team, seized the opportunity and left an indelible mark with a staggering 39-point performance, complemented by eight rebounds and four assists, not to mention a perfect streak at the free-throw line, hitting all 17 attempts.
The synergy between Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo was palpable, as they navigated the court with a fluidity that belied the short time they’ve played together. The 'Greek Freak' himself made significant contributions with 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, alongside two steals and blocks each.
In the scoring department, the Bucks found an ally in Brook Lopez, who added 13 points and three triples to the tally. Bobby Portis, coming off the bench, maximized his 19 minutes, accumulating 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists.
With the game against the Hawks on the horizon, the Bucks are set to face the Miami Heat the following day, setting the stage for a riveting encounter as they square off against the team that ousted them from the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs in the previous season.