For the third time in four seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks are headed to the playoffs.
The Bucks announced the news on Twitter:
While Giannis Antetokounmpo has put himself in the MVP conversation this season—he's averaging 27.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game through Wednesday—the Bucks haven't quite lived up to expectations. In fact, a 23-22 start to the season led to Milwaukee firing head coach Jason Kidd.
Under interim coach Joe Prunty, the Bucks have gone 19-14.
Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, did not make his season debut until February after he tore his ACL in February 2017. Between that and an early-season trade for Eric Bledsoe, the Bucks have had to work new pieces into their rotation on the fly.
A team featuring Antetokounmpo, Parker, Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon has the talent to make noise in the playoffs. If the season ended Wednesday, Milwaukee would be matched up with the Toronto Raptors in the first round.
Although the Bucks went 1-2 against Toronto this season, one of those two losses went into overtime.
As long as key players remain healthy—especially Antetokounmpo—the Bucks will have a chance to win a playoff series for the first time since 2001.