Are The Bucks In 'We Made It Syndrome' Danger?

I'm not sure if it's hyperbole to describe the type of basketball the Bucks played Saturday afternoon as some of the worst I've ever seen.

Maybe I feel that way because of the constant ISO situations, no flow, no movement, missed bunnies, or the fact that Giannis, Thon, Delly, Terry, Beasley, and Middleton went a combined 0-11 from deep. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Toronto (5-22 from deep) tried everything in their power to leave the door open for the Bucks.

The saddest part though? Watching a sold out crowd rise to its feet on multiple occaisions to loudly try and spark any kind of offense. Unfortunately it worked about as well as Simba trying desperately to nudge Mufasa back to life.

So the real question I've been trying to figure out is this:

Was this the case of a young team just being young and playing like it? Or was this a team that started to buy the national media hype?

Maybe they started to listen to the pundits who after game three all said 'Giannis is the best player in this series', 'the Bucks are the best team in the series,' and so on.

This is 'We've Made It' Syndrome, it has ended a lot of seasons in the past and will continue to do so long into the future.

Whatever version of the Bucks that appears for Game 5 may just give us a bigger clue to answering that question.

For a deeper dive into both Game 4 and the upcoming crucial Game 5 in Toronto, check out the podcast below!

Joel Finkelman


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