The story of Paul George is not appreciated enough. This guy was expected to be at least 80% of what he use to be before his injury at the 2014 Blue-White Practice. Sunday night, Paul exemplified why his career is not only back to where it was before the injury but has been taken to the next level.
We saw two of the best teams from both conferences battle it out to the finish. Oklahoma City shot 50% from long range, but Milwaukee shot better from the free throw line which is the best example of how the game of basketball has shifted to who has the better three-point shooting. Overall, both teams have a great combination of youth and veterans that could lead them deep into the playoffs in their respective conferences.
George finished with 36 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 12-21 from the field, 8-12 from the three point line. The shooting struggles of Russell Westbrook continued but he also continued to impact the game in other ways finishing with 13 points, 11 assists, and 13 rebounds. Jerami Grant, Terrance Ferguson, and Steven Adams combined for 45 points as well.
The Bucks were led by their MVP runner-up and all star captain, Giannis Antetokounmpo. He finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds but shot poorly from the field with 8-22 shooting. Kris Middleton who is a runner up to be an all star reserve finished with 22 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. The Bucks also shot 40% from three point range with their 67% free throw shooting.
Overall, these two teams have potential to be big threats to the other teams in the Eastern and Western conference. Considering we just saw the Golden State Warriors VS Boston Celtics, we have seen some great playoff type basketball this weekend. After All-Star weekend is when we see which teams can sustain their level of efficiency, when teams that are not in the playoff picture, try to make their last runs. Will the Bucks and the Thunder be in their conference finals, and if so against who?