… Giannis watch?

Fri, May 3rd, 2024

The Opening Tip

  • What’s next for the Bucks?

  • What a pro wants, what a pro needs 😶 🔫

  • Pat Bev acted like a loser last night

Tonight’s playoff games

1. It’s so over/they are so not back

The Milwaukee Bucks, whose season ended last night against the Pacers, have won one playoff series since beating the Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals.

They’ve fired two coaches since and hired another who’s been mocked non-stop since he got there. They got old last season, made a trade this offseason, got older, and then flopped this season.

Giannis is less invincible than he used to be. Dame Lillard doesn’t want to be there. The role players don’t have their 2021 magic anymore. The team owners, not the new-age deep-pocketed entrepreneurs of other franchises, probably won’t want to pay $100M in luxury tax for a 48-win team.

It was great for one summer three years ago, which is more than what a Milwaukee Bucks fan can reasonably expect. But it’s so over / the Bucks are so not back.

[READ: When does Giannis watch begin?]

2. Daily GIF: You can’t leave Josh Hart open

The irony of Josh Hart, the shoddy shooter who the 76ers actively decided to leave open the entire series, hitting the shot that finally ended them.

3. Trivia

Which decade has produced the most unique NBA champions?



• 2010s

• 1970s

Guess, click and see if you're right.

4. The worst commercials from the NBA playoffs, ranked

(Remember when NBA playoff commercials were good?)

Quick hits

Reads + Pods

  • Series clincher perfect illustration of what makes these Knicks tick [New York Post]

  • The Timberwolves were built to destroy the Nuggets [The Ringer]

  • It is happening again to the Clippers [Defector]

That's the buzzer.
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