After squaring off, it’s become very clear that there’s a very thin line between the top two teams in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks
It’s said that there’s a thin line between love and hate. In fact, there’s a popular 90’s R&B lyric that echoes it:
“It’s a thin line, between love and hate.” Oooooh, yeahhhh baby.”
This isn’t about ‘love’ and ‘hate,’ however.
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Extremely thin. Why?
Well, one team has 27 wins, and the other has 24. That’s phenomenal. But what’s not phenomenal is how apparent the competition is between the Eastern and Western Conference.
There’s nothing more phenomenal right now than watching LeBron James and Anthony Davis create havoc every night for the Lakers, while the “Greek Freak;” Giannis Antetokounmpo, continues his killer streak like Bruce Willis did in the 1988 action sequel, “Die Hard.”
I’m pretty sure those ‘die-hard’ fans in Milwaukee appreciate what the Bucks’ have done this season.
Sequels of dominance. Milwaukee, who currently boasts the best overall record in the NBA at 27-4; couldn’t have achieved 27 wins without the “Greek Freak.” He’s more than a ‘freak.’ People may classify him as a ‘freak of nature.’ That’s disputable. All you have to do is remove ‘nature’ and implement ‘freak.’ It’s not a subjective argument. This is reality. He’s a beast. The Bucks franchise needed to embellish their nucleus, and with Giannis being the premier guy; it seems pretty coherent.
“Greek Freak,” is the reigning NBA MVP thus far. I wrote a separate column about his monumental presence in the league, and the possibility of him receiving MVP.
Watch out. The alert is out there. He’s that guy. But the line is still ‘thin.’
Thin as a toothpick. Song plays.
“Ooooooh, babyyyy.” It’s a thin line, thin line, between love and hate, ooooooh.”
Song stops. That rhythm was temporary folks. It’s a more consistent rhythm for Milwaukee, and Giannis’ style plays well to the beat. Not only him but his teammates as well.
Milwaukee is the best team in the NBA. That could change as the season clock continues to tick into the New Year. If you speak in terms of transition basketball, they’ve mastered it. Think about it. Giannis is accompanied by George Hill, the league’s 3-point leader, in addition to Sterling Brown, Eric Bledsoe, Kyle Korver, and Wesley Matthews. Efficient squad with a variety of choices offensively. But the problem is, with Giannis being the “MVP poster ad” almost everywhere you go; it could have an impact on how the Bucks execute their offense.
‘Greek Freak’ is the key to Milwaukee’s success. However, with the emergence of George Hill, Wesley Matthews, Eric Bledsoe, and hopefully some 3-point spark from Kyle Korver; the Bucks should make a run for it heading into 2020.
Hopefully, the rhythm stays consistent for both teams heading into the New Year.
Tis’ the season to be Giannis’. Tis’ the season to be LeBron. Tis’ the season to be the Bucks. Tis’ the season to be the Lakers. Fa la la la, la la la la.
There’s still a thin line. But it’s not love and hate. It’s competition.
” Oooooooh, baby.”