Bucks brush past Hornets for 89-79 win

When it comes to TV, the NBA will snatch victory wherever it can find it

The Bucks clinched the sixth-seed with a win over Charlotte on Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. There are just two road games left in the 82-game season that had some ups and ultimately too many downs. Brogdon is a contender for the NBA Rookie of the Year award after the second-round draft pick out of Virginia averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 assists this season. He will presumably enter the postseason in full health.

Sixers: Sergio Rodriguez, who had missed the previous six games with a strained left hamstring, has been ruled out for the last three of the regular season as well. With Kyle Lowry back from his wrist injury, Toronto has a dominant one-two punch that Milwaukee failed to stop all season.

It is hard to predict the outcome of this series based on the regular season, due to the injuries that both teams have dealt with, and how much improvement Milwaukee has undergone since last playing Toronto. So the team and its fans shouldn't overlook the Bucks by any means.

Bucks: PG Malcolm Brogdon played 25 and had five points, four rebounds and three assists in his return to the floor after missing five games with a sore back. Then came the three-game losing streak that left people wondering if they would even make the playoffs, much less do anything once they got there. The Bucks' starting point guard is rookie Malcolm Brogdon.

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While Thon Maker is the starter, he rarely plays more than 15 minutes per game, and likely won't in the playoffs either. Antetokounmpo is the first player ever to finish top 20 in all five major statistical categories, and led the Bucks in those same five areas. In March, Monroe scored in double figures in 15 of 17 games but has failed to score more than eight points in the last four games while still playing 20 minutes per contest.

The Celtics could simplify things by beating the Milwaukee Bucks in their regular-season finale Wednesday night. You seem to have gone through all of them. Toronto's Serge Ibaka and Milwaukee's Greg Monroe got tangled up that night, exchanged heated words and were slapped with double technical fouls. But Toronto still has plenty of depth to work with.

"We're disappointed for sure", Charlotte's Nicolas Batum said.

The Bucks went 1-3 against Toronto this year, but forward Khris Middleton missed all three of the Bucks' losses due to a hamstring tear that forced him to miss the first half of the regular season.

After Monday, there is hope that the Bucks are ready to play their best basketball in the playoffs.



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